Is it lonely at the top? It can be, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s a long-endured myth.
No, leaders aren’t necessarily friends with their team members or line staff. They can be friendly without being friends. That doesn’t mean that they should isolate. Specifically, if you’re finding yourself lonely, alone, and frustrated, you’re doing it wrong.
Surrounding yourself with people who are also pushing to serve greatly acts to inspire and propel. When you seek coaching to get an outside perspective on your personal and professional processes (yes, both), you begin to excel past where you’ve been.
The language choices here are deliberate.
The reason that leaders get burned out is that… they don’t actually lead.
That’s a surprising truth you may not have wanted to admit. You’re busy trying to run your organization, division, unit, section, family. There are logistics you’re putting in place. And… you’re not leading. You’re probably under-communicating and over-expecting in terms of the results you’re after.
The reality is that leading doesn't suck. Leadership sucks because you’re probably not valuing the right things.
Putting all of this together allows you to lead and to feel like every single day matters. You awaken charged and ready. You’re happy, you’re grateful, and you’re living life in love. (What, leaders in love? That sounds like a bad romance novel.) Yep! When you love who you are, who you surround yourself with, who you serve, and how you play, your life is amazing.
What’s more amazing, ALL of that is a choice.
You choose how you show up.
You choose how you attend to yourself and to your team.
Leading doesn’t suck and leadership doesn’t have to either.
Growth choices – ask yourself if you’re making those.
Happy September! Go crush it!
~ Dr P ~
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