the ceo magazine, leadership
Dr. Judith Orloff, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA

Are you addicted to power? Many leaders are, and it gets in the way of their personal and professional progress.

I often reflect on the point in my career when I was promoted to a position reporting to the Vice Chairman of one of the largest insurance companies in the world. I was so excited to be a senior person “in charge” at a young stage of my career. However, I began to notice, in the first couple of weeks, that people who used to just drop in to my office no longer stopped by.

It’s the quest of many working people – work hard, do a good job and get promoted someday so you can be the boss. It’s the reward in most corporate cultures, to climb the ladder and be in charge. If most of us get to the top by climbing our way there, how come we forget what it’s like to be down in the ranks?


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