It is lonely at the top. That’s a fact borne out in my work with senior leaders. The higher up the organization you go, the fewer peers you have. The people giving you advice have their own agendas, not nefarious…
Large companies will frequently bring me in to work with senior executives who are high performers but don’t always get along with their colleagues. We are not talking about anything egregious here. Sometimes they put clients before their colleagues or push people hard to deliver. Generally their teams really respect them but their peers less so. The euphemisms tossed around are things like “hard charging” or “intense”.
My view is that unless they are burning people out or doing something unethical, leave them alone. They are delivering results. The clients love them. You don’t want to hang out with them? So what? Likeability is highly overrated. It’s far more important to be respected and appreciated for delivering results. Every firm has people who get on great with everyone but bring nothing to the bottom line. Too many of those and you’ll all be out of work.
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