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It’s Lonely At the top

They say “it’s lonely at the top.” If you are the one who built your company or the one who is charged with leading the organization, the list of people you confide in is likely a short one. In fact, the list of people who provide unvarnished feedback and/or hold you accountable is probably even shorter. Over half of CEOs report that loneliness hinders their job performance. Is it really necessary that executive leaders be isolated and lonely? There might not be as much risk as you think. Research suggests that people with strong social ties live longer and have better mental health than those who are isolated.

Stepping outside of your comfort zone and testing a new way of existing. That can be a daunting proposition, even for the most powerful person in the organization. You might need a “corner man.”

Boxer turned boxing coach, Fran Sands, wrote the following about the corner man:

A top corner man must possess a range of complementary attributes that many people may never attain. The corner man must have detachment from their boxer, but at the same time an unwavering devotion to that boxer’s well-being. The corner man has a desire to watch every characteristic of his boxer’s performance, but out of necessity must examine every detail of what the other guy brings to the party.

He must be a psychologist, able to assist the fighter through the emotional minefield that is the preparation for combat. A strategist, a General, able to see what it’s going to take to secure victory and offering the kind of tactical advice that can be put into practice in the crucible of battle.

Fran’s description of the role of the corner man is a great description of what a coach might provide for you—a loyal partnership, appropriate boundaries, an objective viewpoint, and complete support of your goals and well-being. 

From the early stages of my Army career, through the point I received a Ph.D. in psychology, I have had the privilege of standing in the corners of seasoned senior military, government, and private sector leaders.

Think you might be interested in a corner man? Contact me today!

Dr. Mike

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