There is a cycle that repeats itself in history.
A small group will decry a societal problem, whether it be child labor, racial discrimination, or sustainability. Their arguments will resonate with a larger group, but little will happen at first because the problem benefits the powerful.
With time, as more supporters join the ranks, public policy evolves, and laws are adopted to force even the powerful to change their ways. Meanwhile, those who agreed to change before they were forced to do it by law find themselves at an advantage.
Societal problems abound even today. Small groups are decrying them. Their demands might threaten your business.
The question is: will you use your power to oppose them (and eventually relent when laws are enacted), or will you position yourself as a true leader?
This post was originally published on The Ethical Leader and is reprinted here with permission.
Writing as “The Ethical Leader,” Yan Tougas draws on 15 years of experience as a compliance & ethics officer at a Fortune 500 company, sharing insights, wisdom and lessons learned. This post originally appeared on “The Ethical Leader” and is reprinted here with permission. Views expressed are that of the author. Visit him at YanTougas.com, connect with him on LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter.