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.