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How to overcome executive loneliness

A senior executive's account of personal hardship, isolation, depression and anxiety provides those suffering similar issues with a roadmap for recovery.

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According to surveys I've done, even before this crisis, business leaders suffered depression and anxiety at far higher rates than the general population. Many are stressed out navigating the shift to working from home, guilt-ridden laying off staff to cut costs and simultaneously, terrified that their own jobs are in danger.

MENTAL health issues are rising dramatically as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. The problem is particularly acute among business leaders, who've been under intense pressure the past six months. Many are now at or beyond breaking point.

These problems are not new, though. Executive...

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