Along with having to deal with globalism, nationalism, trade wars, AI, big data and cybersecurity, CEOs are increasingly expected to take stands on social issues.

Chief executives entered the decade waiting for the next shoe to drop. The 2008 financial crisis drove entire industries to the brink, and CEOs spent the initial years of economic recovery conserving capital, slow-walking hiring plans and keeping a close eye on fragile global markets.

Life in the corner office has undergone substantial change since then. Revenue, profits and company valuations have steadily increased over 10 years, according to the most recent analysis of S&P 500 companies. CEOs, meanwhile, enjoy longer…

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