I am voting for Hillary Clinton this fall and I think most other CEOs will, too.
Since CEOs are innately conservative fiscally, this may be the first time in history that CEOs vote D over R.
And it's doubly significant when you consider that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is running against the first businessman in modern history to garner a major party nomination. You see, CEOs virtually all share the conceit that government would function better if business people were put in charge ...
But not this time.
After 12 years as a CEO, and being among other leaders of Fortune 250 companies, I have found that most CEOs are relentlessly pragmatic — not ideologically dogmatic. They will assess their voting options in November as they would a critical hiring decision. CEOs, when they are hiring, place enormous weight on relevant experience and expertise. But, even if a job candidate has all the expertise and experience in the world, if he or she fails to pass muster on the threshold tests of temperament, tolerance (inclusiveness) and teamwork, they will never get the job.
Applying these criteria to our choice this election, it is not a close call. Only one candidate passes these threshold tests.