An idea we’ve become accustomed to is that things are becoming more complicated. In a recent interview with Indra Nooyi. the former PepsiCo C.E.O., the NYT states “we can safely admit that their jobs have only become more complicated in recent years as issues of economic and gender inequality, ecological impact and the corporate response to divisive politics have become increasingly central and hot-button.”
The more accurate description of complicated is that they have become accountable to a larger audience. An audience asking companies if their presence in the world makes the world a better place.
The conversation related to this accountability has become rude and full of tension.
The focus it has however is on a leader’s ability to think in broad terms and the desire that this earth remains a safe place. Which is what leaders are there to help create.
Leading at the scale of the larger corporations creates unprecedented accountability and visibility at the corresponding scale.
It does ask leaders to step back and assess what they stand for.
Asked if she believes that “there is a right or wrong when it comes to how companies function in the world or is it all a matter of degree?” Indra Nooyi suggested a different option, saying “I think it’s having an idea of where you want to go to and then showing real dedication to getting there.”
Right or wrong don’t serve us, they create the illusion of perfection and easiness.
Getting to where we want to go is always a path full of ups and downs.
It is a path based on learning.
And a path individuals have to figure out for themselves.
And it is true for everyone.
Being less visible doesn’t mean being less accountable.