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The air thins nearest the top

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It’s a growing truth: The closer you are to the top, the more you’re in danger of lacking for professional development, feedback, friendship, recognition and praise.

Regular praise and professional development often dry up near the top of the food chain. As executives rise, fewer people are in a position to reinforce them … or even feel comfortable doing it. Result: Leaders receive little feedback beyond the quarterly numbers.

Advice: Reach up for feedback. If you don’t get it, look for mentors. And keep growing professionally or you’ll stagnate.

Two-way reinforcement is rare, but it works. Rich Products, a frozen-food maker, has a recognition program called “Going the Extra Mile” that sometimes reaches from the rank and file upward. Among those recognized: COO William Gisel Jr. for his efforts to train women for the executive suite.

— Adapted from “It’s not just lonely at the top; it can be ‘disengaging,’ too,” Del Jones, USA Today.

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