"Most leaders don’t intentionally associate with such nefarious actors, but sometimes we forget the reputation of our friends can reflect on us. Guilt by association anyone?"
TO WHOM DO YOU LEND YOUR VOICE?
If you have worked hard to build a reputation as a credible and integrity driven leader, one wrong alliance or friendship can sink your efforts.
Think of all the TV dramas where the confidential informant turns out to be feeding bad information to the police because they fear the bad guys more. Or think of all the times the undercover law enforcement actor is being watched suspiciously by the “bad guys.”
Most leaders don’t intentionally associate with such nefarious actors, but sometimes we forget the reputation of our friends can reflect on us. Guilt by association anyone?
In elementary school all the people with “coodies” would be avoided. This invisible plague could ruin your life if you got too close to someone who was ?infected?
In today’s social media world, that contagion can be as simple as a friends list. Perhaps someone you worked with years ago or someone you went to school with back in the dark ages but have seen in decades.
You accept a simple friend request because you remember the name and face from drama class and the next thing you know you a witness before Congress for a trial that didn’t happen four decades ago.
Guilt by association.
Now you must decide: To whom do I lend my voice? Whose side am I really on? Do I take this opportunity to support my long lost friend and rise all the reputation I have worked so hard to earn? Do I remain silent and simply but truthfully say, I DON’T KNOW.
Leaders need to have made that Core Values decision before the moment arises. If there ever is a moment like this five years from now, NOW is the time to decide how you will handle it. Not then.
To whom will you lend your voice?
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