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This posting addresses if CEOs should be elected/appointed.

Are the majority of leaders, presidents, and CEOs of the top American companies and essential non-profit organizations elected or appointed? What would happen if such process was democratized where the employees were given the responsibility of electing their own leaders? Be clear, persuasive (and polite) in presenting your opinion and in attacking the opposite point of view.

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The majority of leaders in the mentioned organizations are definitely appointed. Such appointments are made by either the people (citizens), the Board of Directors, shareholders, or other interest groups that have the power to appoint. One of the main problems is that this can be a very politically motivated process. We've all seen it many times, in all capacities, where people make positions they really aren't qualified for, because they are special in some capacity. A police chief is appointed, because he happens to be a friend of the mayor. A CEO is appointed by the Board because he is the biggest ...

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The solution provides a detailed discussion examining if CEOs should be elected or appointed, and what would happen if this process was democratized where the employees were given the responsibility of electing their own leaders.

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