Updated: Dec 9, 2021
Leaders do have to make difficult decisions that can be isolating, but leaders should resist becoming aloof or stand-offish.
I have been thinking a lot about getting to know people in relation to building better cultures and teams as a leader.
A recent post in a leadership forum discussed the idea of “lonely leaders,” or what military leaders sometimes refer to as the “loneliness of command.”
I contend that whilst leaders do have to make hard decisions that can be isolating, they do not have to be lonely. A critical component of effective, healthy leadership is knowing your people. Good leaders invest time getting to know their people well, and well led people will give an awful lot back, a uniquely rewarding reality. To truly know people, leaders must invest time in both getting to know them and nurturing the relationships.