In a wide-ranging interview in 2016, five years after taking over from Steve Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke candidly about the challenges of running one of the world’s most iconic companies. “It’s sort of a lonely job,” he admitted.
Is this evidence that the familiar phrase “It’s lonely at the top” is true? Yes and no.
In that same interview, Cook hints that the phrase is more a saying than anything and not necessarily a truth backed up by hard evidence. He also implies that the real problem facing CEOs and top leaders is not loneliness but rather isolation.
Is this just a quibbling over semantics? I would argue that the two words point toward what leaders and executives can and should do to deal with their isolation and to address the larger problem of workplace loneliness. There is common ground between the two issues but important differences as well.
Published on Forbes on Sep. 26, 2018
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