Rising up the corporate ladder is good, it comes with increased salary, reputation and other good things but there are also certain curses associated with such a change. For one thing, your friends will become less easy-going towards you as you become part of a new elite group whose dealings you cannot comfortably share with everyone. You will also make less new friends simply because the pyramid narrows as you go up. Company processes that you used to make fun of in past, you might find yourselves having to impose the same processes on your subordinates, some of whom might still be your friends and may point out that you didn't support these processes either while you were one of them. You can be asked to give feedback on your friends who now report to you and it might be hard giving a negative feedback for a friend who really is not-so-good. And no matter what you do, people will hold you partly responsible for their poor appraisals.
Consider an example conversation like below:
A (manager) : Hey B, you are supposed to complete these weekly reports by Friday evening. Today is Monday.
B (managee) : Come on A, you know no one is going to look at them before month end. I have plenty of time left, I will do it later.
A : No, that's not acceptable. You should have finished it by Friday only. Please finish it first thing today itself.
B : OK man, I will do it. I have to say you are becoming more and more like one of them with every passing day.
C (neutral observer) : My sympathies are with A. He .............
What does C say? Are there any idiomatic expressions in English to represent this curse of being at the higher position in a workplace?