alexa Is it lonely at the top? An empirical study of managers' and nonmanagers' loneliness in organizations.
Business & Management

Business & Management

Arabian Journal of Business and Management Review

Author(s): Wright S

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Abstract Loneliness is often assumed to be an occupational hazard for senior-ranked members of an organization. However, most of what researchers hear about being "lonely at the top" is anecdote. This article provides empirical evidence from three separate studies assessing loneliness in managers and nonmanagers. Across all three studies, loneliness did not differ by managerial status. Managers were no more or less lonely than their nonmanager counterparts. This suggests that factors beyond seniority may be contributing to loneliness in organizational settings. Ideas for future research are discussed. This article was published in J Psychol and referenced in Arabian Journal of Business and Management Review

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