Half of all CEOs feel isolated and lonely at the top

Sometimes timing is in your favor – it is for us at CEOtoCEO and the recent launch of our CEO Discussion Group and CEO Innovation Teams thanks to a recent survey report by RHR International.  I first saw this story talked about on the Chief Executive site and upon further reading found some amazing statistics about the “isolation” and “loneliness” and it has such a significant impact on CEO Performance.

You can read the results of the survey but I wanted to share and excerpt from the study I found to be most impactful.  They said…

The intensity of the CEO’s job, coupled with the scarcity of peers to confide in, creates potentially dangerous feelings of isolation among chief executives. Fifty percent of all CEOs report experiencing loneliness in the role, and of this group, 61% believe that the isolation hinders their performance. First-time CEOs are particularly susceptible to this isolation, with nearly 70% of those who experience loneliness saying it negatively affects their ability to do their jobs. Nearly half of all CEOs estimate that most other leaders experience similar feelings of loneliness.

This is one of the primary reasons we kicked off our CEO Discussion Group – to allow CEOs, Business Owners, and Presidents to ask questions, share insights, and learn from each other in a “Private and Secure” format.  If you think this would be helpful to you as well, we invite you to visit our CEO Discussion Group page and read more about how it works and why it exists.  It is easy to join and maybe it will help keep all our members in the “right” 50% that don’t feel so isolated and lonely.  I look forward to your questions, insights, and answers….

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