Lonely At The Top & Bottom

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Mountain SunsetHow Nonprofit Leaders Manage Loneliness in Their Organizations

Have you ever asked yourself these two questions: “Do I feel lonely sometimes in my organizational work?” and “Why?” As research from Dr. Anthony Silard and Sarah Wright of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand has found, nonprofit leaders often feel lonely due to the stifling of three critical human motives. In the U.S., a recent Cigna survey of 20,000 Americans found that over three in five Americans are lonely, which has raised the decibels on siren calls of a “national loneliness epidemic.” In this survey, over 60 percent of Americans acknowledged that they feel isolated from others and that their relationships are sometimes or always not meaningful.

The “epidemic” designation has also been used in the U.K., where former Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a Minister for Loneliness in 2018. May reached this decision on the heels of two studies that found that nine million U.K. citizens are often or always lonely and British children spend less time outside than prison inmates. As loneliness becomes increasingly ubiquitous, nonprofit organizations that reduce it—by detecting the three distinct motives Anthony will share with you in this session—will become in higher demand. You will learn about how lonely people act differently than people who are not lonely, and how these differences can derail healthy organizational functioning. We will also explore the determinants of leadership loneliness and how it differs from follower loneliness. Finally, you will develop some strategies to reduce both your loneliness and the loneliness of your staff, volunteers, board members, and donors. Be warned: you may never look at people management or fundraising the same.

You will be able to:

  • distinguish loneliness as a subordinate emotion and the “re-affiliation motive” that enables organizational members to reduce it;
  • identify the three root causes of loneliness in nonprofit organizations;
  • identify determinants of leader loneliness and design strategies to assuage their loneliness and that of their team members in nonprofit organizations;
  • describe the intrapersonal and organizational outcomes associated with loneliness in nonprofit organizations; and,
  • understand the role of social support in alleviating loneliness for staff, volunteers, board members, and donors.

This seminar will utilize break out rooms and other interactive features.  Please be prepared and make sure your microphone and camera are in working order.

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Presenter

Anthony Silard

Anthony Silard, Ph.D., is the CEO of The Global Leadership Institute and the President of The Center for Social Leadership. He was once named Visionary of the Year, and featured at the Presidential Summit for America’s Future and America’s Promise. As a leadership trainer, Anthony has coached thousands of CEOs and senior executives of Fortune 100 companies, small businesses, and the world’s largest nonprofits such as GE, Disney, Nokia, Bank of America, IBM, CARE, Save the Children, The United Way, and the American Red Cross. He has also coached political leaders, including G-20 cabinet ministers.

Anthony holds a Ph.D. in leadership from IESE Business School, which he received with First-Class/Excellent Distinction. He also holds a Master’s in Public Policy focused on leadership from Harvard University and has received two of Harvard’s most prestigious awards, the Robert F. Kennedy Public Service Award and the Manuel Carballo Memorial Award. His leadership programs have helped thousands of people in over 40 countries to create positive, breakthrough personal and social change in their lives and the lives of others.
Anthony Silard