Is It Lonely at the Top?


We have heard this phrase used many times when it comes to leadership, “It’s lonely at the top.”

When I hear this phrase, I think of a person who holds a powerful position and doesn’t have many close friends.  He or she is feared by many and possibly may be afraid of others or losing power.

What does this phrase mean to you?

This statement holds some truth, but it is also not the truth when it comes to good effective leaders.

As a leader, there are some situations where you will find yourself making decisions by your lonesome.  But, I wouldn’t go so far to say that you would be lonely.  I would like to share with you three strategies you can put in place to keep you from feeling any loneliness at the top.

1. Find a mentor.  Everyone needs of a good mentor.  No matter who you are and what you are doing, you will benefit from having a mentor.  All the past and current great leaders of our time had mentors or advisors.  There will be times when you will need advice.  This is why you will need a mentor, unless you plan on being lonely at the top.

2. Find a protégé.  The more knowledge you receive, you should discover ways of helping others with that knowledge.  One way you can solidify your legacy as a leader is by taking in a student and training him or her with the leadership skills you have been fortunate to learn.  This will help you develop a greater foundation to your leadership.  Possibly creating a dynamic leadership team.

3. Befriend a peer.  You may already have a mentor, but there is nothing like having a friend that is knowledgeable in your area of expertise.  A good friend will be honest with you.  He or she won’t tell you what you want to hear, but will share what you need to hear.

So, is it really lonely at the top?  I’ll let you decide.

Looking back at history, it is a fact that good leaders will always find a way to surround themselves with great people.  Incorporate these three strategies and watch your leadership go to the next level.

Question: Do you believe it is lonely at the top?  Leave your comments below.

Peace and Prosperity,

Bryant Hall

MTN Universal, LLC

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