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Why Leaders Are Lonely May 13, 2009

Posted by Tim Rodgers in Management & leadership.
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For the past eight years or so I’ve been carrying in my wallet a yellowing, creased page torn out of a magazine with the quote:

“Leaders are lonely, because they must think and dream about their work — all day, every day, day after day.” — Lorraine Monroe

I’ve always believed there’s a lot of truth in that statement, although “must” is a pretty strong word here. You might say it’s terrible work/life balance, but if you call yourself a leader, then you are going to spend a lot of time thinking and dreaming. Are we heading in the right direction? Is the team aligned? What’s the effect of this news item? Are resources allocated correctly?

If you’re like me, it’s a puzzle that changes every day and never gets solved. That’s the fun part.

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