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Why it’s Lonely at the Top (And how to fix it) - #034


It’s lonely at the top. But does it have to be? Loneliness is affecting people at a greater rate than ever before. The global pandemic has forced many of us into isolation and left us struggling to connect with friends, family, and co-workers. But within the workplace, one group of people experience loneliness more than any other, pandemic or not. Female leaders are the most likely employees to report feelings of loneliness and isolation within their organization. Those feelings of separateness can have far-reaching consequences on our mental and physical health, stifling our effectiveness as leaders and stunting our career growth. Thankfully, loneliness is not a lifetime sentence.

By rewiring our brains to embrace vulnerability and invite creativity, collaboration, and connection into our lives, we can ensure we never feel isolated again.

In this week’s episode, Fernanda looks at loneliness in the C-suite. But instead of chalking it up to the necessity of the job, she digs deep into the science behind isolation, explains why we can’t settle for lack of connection, and teaches us how to overcome loneliness to improve our health and happiness. If you’ve ever felt like you’re the only one without a work friend, this episode is for you!


  • How many high-level leaders report feeling lonely and isolated in the workplace.
  • Which groups of C-suite execs are most vulnerable to these feelings.
  • The reasons behind isolation and loneliness at the top.
  • The mental and physical health impacts of loneliness.
  • How feeling isolated can impact your career path.
  • Scientifically proven ways to combat loneliness.
  • Why rewiring your thinking around vulnerability may be the key to truly connecting.
  • How sustainable leaders can build anti-isolation cultures within their organizations.


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