Do you feel like people are spying on you? Do you hear your words coming out of other people’s mouths? Have you seen bits from your emails published in the newsfeed? Are photos of you being put on social media sites without your permission?
We haven’t had a sense of privacy about our communications since before the 1980s or maybe earlier. Now that the digital age is here, leaders must live their lives entirely transparent. There is no such thing as secrecy or confidentiality; even though lawyers try to make it so through policies and legal gobble-de-gook. Just ask Chris Christy or the former mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick.
A true test of character is playing out on the congressional stage this week with Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors. She is the star attraction. As GM’s workforce is digging through every communication searching for evidence of who was involved, what was said, when, why and how….Mary is promising transparency. Did she know? When? Only if she comes out smelling like a rose will she be able to lead culture change at GM. Mary’s leadership potential is being judged by the public but so is yours, it just might not be on the evening news.