How to Beat Executive Loneliness


Are you a company CEO or executive leader? If you are, you can probably relate to what rates as one of the most commonly reported problems faced by senior business leaders—loneliness. Despite all the people that surround you in your business life, your position is one that can easily place you in a position of isolation or at least, a position where you feel disconnected and lonely. Left unchecked, this executive loneliness can lead to deterioration in performance at work and even to emotional and physical health issues.   Rob’s Tips to Combat Executive Loneliness Rob O’Byrne knows what it’s like to experience executive loneliness. Having spent nearly 20 years as the head of Logistics Bureau Group, he’s been through his own periods of isolation and has known many other executives who’ve fought their own battles with loneliness. It’s a very real issue, but one that can be overcome with the right know-how. The following tips should prove helpful if you’ve experienced executive loneliness for yourself. If you haven’t, then the advice is still worth noting. Prevention is definitely better than cure when it comes to emotional isolation, which can otherwise settle like a dark cloud while you are too busy to notice, and then begin to wear you down inexorably.   Build your own personal support team This is the best preventative measure you can take and is not something that should wait until you start to experience executive loneliness. Start with the one person who you are most comfortable confiding in. This might be your spouse, partner, best friend or even a therapist. The most important thing is to be able to share your work-related problems and fears with somebody. Next, you should turn to those you have relied upon as mentors in the past. If you have no existing mentors, it’s time to start seeking some....