Leadership and Loneliness by Rev. Scott Gress

lonelinessRev. Scott Gress writes,

It’s lonely at the top. Really. Whether you are the pastor, a president or the person who is looked to for the answers due to the organizational chart or the pecking order, it is (or can be) lonely at the top.

What are you going to do with that? You always have a choice.

Sure there might be other people around but there’s often a challenge. The
truth is that others say things to the leader that they a) think you want to hear b) avoid saying what they think you don’t want to hear c) what they hope will make you like them more, for a lot of reasons d) make you go against someone they don’t like e) or say anything else for any number of reasons. Often without even knowing it! So who do you trust?

Or maybe you like lonely! Lots of leaders are introverts so for many of them that’s just fine. Yet those are sometimes the ones who can be even more vulnerable to self deception. Another way to put loneliness is that whether you are an introvert or not, as a lonely or isolated leader you are being isolated from good information. Left alone to drift in this sea of uncertainty or unreality the leader can lose their bearings. That’s when “mission drift” happens. Sometimes a leader may not even be aware that what they are hearing may not be 100% accurate. A grain of salt is always a good thing to keep on hand when hearing things. All the more reason that the leader can’t be holed up in their offices staring at a computer.

To continue reading, click on: Leaders and Loneliness.

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