A colleague told me something interesting about what it feels like at the top.

He said:

The 360 degree view is good, but it get’s windy at times!

I thought this was pretty smart, and one reason that many people opt out of moving into senior and executive positions in their organizations.

Yes, it’s great to be able to lead and have more visibility, influence, and impact.

But at the same time, this does not come for free or without risks.

At the top of the pyramid or corporate offices or whatever, there is opportunity.

Yet, your dealing with other top honchos with strong personalities, egos, and often harsh ways of dealing with others and conflict can be perilous for many.

My father used to tell me his philosophy:

Better a little less, but you know what you have.

There is definitely wisdom in those words.

Maybe as with most things in life, there is a time and place for everything.

It is great to have the opportunity to lead.

It’s also not bad to have a time to follow and contribute in that way.

What’s important is that whatever role your in at the time, that you do it with integrity and passion to do good.

So how does it feel at the top — sure, it’s a nice view, but it can get very windy too. ;-)

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Andy Blumenthal is a dynamic, award-winning leader with 30 years of experience delivering results across the public and private sectors. Views are his alone.

Andy Blumenthal is a dynamic, award-winning leader with 30 years of experience delivering results across the public and private sectors. Views are his alone.