Social Issues And The C-Suite: Why Silence Isn’t Always Golden

Microphones

Our nation is politically divided and myriad channels exist for us to share our diversity of opinions online. As individuals, we use social media disclaimers like, “these thoughts are my own” or “my views don’t speak for my employer.” Then, we let our friends and followers know exactly what we think.

Social Issues And The C-Suite: Why Silence Isn’t Always Golden

Microphones

Our nation is politically divided and myriad channels exist for us to share our diversity of opinions online. As individuals, we use social media disclaimers like, “these thoughts are my own” or “my views don’t speak for my employer.” Then, we let our friends and followers know exactly what we think.

Corporate and non-profit leaders don’t have that same luxury. They’re more in the public eye and increasingly being asked to take positions on contentious issues at a time when speaking out might mean alienating numerous key stakeholders while delighting others.
These are challenging times and some leaders have observed the political minefields and decided to take a bunker mentality in hopes of riding out the storm. For decades, the practice of …

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