The cover theme of the September-October issue is ‘Are leaders really lonely?’. Dr Fernanda Arreola, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at École de Management Leonard de Vinci, and Dr Gregory Unruh, Arison Professor of Values Leadership at George Mason University, take a deep dive into the reasons behind entrepreneur loneliness. K Shankar, Chief Executive Officer of Feedback Business Consulting, discusses why loneliness is a source of inner strength and not weakness in leaders. Vivek Mehra, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SAGE Publications India Private Limited, writes about the pressures leaders have to deal with as the face of the company. Rajeev Shroff, founder of Cupela, makes the case for coaches to step in and guide leaders when they are battling their deepest insecurities.
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