HarrisonRuess From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1916 times:
Being the guy at the top is not easy in any situation. At the end of the day, everything that goes wrong (or right, of course) can be layed in some way right at your feet. Particularly when you're heading large company that is in (pretty much) full public view you will feel a great deal of pressure.
But! (and of course there's always a but) That pressure is exactly why a lot of us are in this industry.
Whether you're the CEO, the pilot, ramper, gas man, etc this indutry is always pressure-packed. Pressure to be on time, to land in iffy weather, to get 25 minutes of loading done in 15 minutes, to have everything safe, to keep your customers happy -- and to do all this better/cheaper than the company at the next gate. That direct competition and high-pressure atmosphere is (I would argue) a lot more prevelant in this industry than in others.
It makes for a fantastic challenge on a daily basis.