6 - Isolation in Leadership

Leadership Can Be Lonely


Being a leader is a lonely thing. We must accept that, or we won't be able to do our jobs well. In part six of this course, Patrick talks about the importance of being prepared to make difficult or unpopular decisions, while also establishing relationships where others care for you. 



Being a leader is a lonely task. Being an effective leader must begin with accepting the loneliness. If we don’t, we will not do our jobs. 

Have you ever not led well because it was important to you to be popular? If so, where did you drop the ball? What was the result?
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Conversely, have you ever led well and made the unpopular decision? If so, what was the result?
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While it’s tempting to stay in isolation, every leader needs others to care for them at times, too. There is nothing wrong with having real relationships with others who care for you. 

Who takes care of you? How?
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How do you balance the line between maintaining authority, but also being transparent and having real relationships?
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In what ways have you created a sense of camaraderie in the workplace? How could you continue to foster this?
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At the end of the day, we must be prepared to do something that may be lonely or difficult. This is the responsibility to true leadership.