What Does Leadership Mean in the Era of Fake News and Snap Decisions?
Today, malicious and intentionally misleading news stories have become an inescapable part of the communications landscape. While fake news has been strongly associated with politics, corporate executives and board directors grapple with misinformation and the associated mindset as well.
Forbes‘ leadership blog recently suggested a few ways for managers to steer their companies through times when wrong information is part of the environment. (Apr. 12, Romero) For instance, business leaders should ensure their teams are accountable and committed to sensible thinking and accurate information. These conscious efforts to be more centered and thoughtful can inspire workers to become better at fact-checking and evidence gathering.
Romero explained that the rise of fake news has highlighted a tendency to make decisions based on an easily digestible set of information that fits an individual’s personal beliefs. Leaders should push back against this kind of thinking and create a workplace rich in reflection and systematic problem-solving.
Finally, leaders should ensure they can relate to their young workers and counterbalance Generation Y professionals’ tendency to rely on quick and easy information gleaned from the internet. The rising dependency on immediate answers has powered the fake news epidemic, and the same tendency could cause bad decisions in a corporate setting without adequate oversight.
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