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TOMEI, Patrícia Amélia  e  FORTUNATO, Graziela. The loneliness of power in organizations. Organ. Soc. [online]. 2008, vol.15, n.47, pp.13-31. ISSN 1984-9230.

This article analyses the feeling of loneliness at the top positions in organizations. We make a distinction between solitude and loneliness. The first is a decision of being alone and the feeling is not negative. The former is a negative feeling when people feel isolated. We interviewed top executives in eight important Brazilian organizations through the methodology of Content Analysis. The results indicate that the creative and sometimes innovative ideas flourish best in solitude since it activates the sense of responsibility. Solitude at the top is associated to leadership and decision making. Learning organizations should enhance individual learning and qualify their top management to deal with the responsibility of being a solo practioner.

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