The stress and loneliness of success

  • Cooper C
  • Quick J
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This editorial observes that it is all too common for leaders to have strong feelings of loneliness and being disconnected from the rest of the organization. It is further stated that it is common for isolated leaders to engage in self-defeating behaviors. If not caught in time, such behaviors can have negative effects on subordinates, the health of the organization and the career of the top executive. The editorial looks at some of the consequences of isolation and some preventive measures for executives. Self defeating behavioral outcomes discussed include the effects of the removal of restraint from executives, depression, self-sabatage, and transference. Physiological outcomes are also discussed. Several different types of preventive measures are reviewed including executive coaching, peer support, and the use of confidants. The editorial has special praise for journal writing as an interesting and simple method of dealing with the effects of isolation. It is noted that writing forces top executives to focus on a single issue instead of a multitude of concerns. According to the authors, this is a step that tends to force clear thinking and promotes self-understanding. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Cary L. Cooper

  • James Campbell Quick

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