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Small Acts of Leadership by G. Shawn Hunter

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Chapter 7 Strive for Authenticity

On a scale of one to ten, how true are the following statements about yourself at work?

  • “I feel out of tune with my coworkers.”
  • “I lack companionship at my work.”
  • “There is no one I can turn to in this organization.”
  • “I feel left out.”
  • “I don’t feel like I can talk honestly with anyone in this company.”

These were among the questions researchers asked 786 professionals and their bosses to help determine their sense of loneliness in the organizational culture, and then to correlate that result with their current job performance.1

Recent studies show that a little more than half of us, at one time or another, experience periods of intense loneliness in our professional lives. Loneliness is not depression, shyness, ...

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