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When leaders use blind copy on emails, they're not exactly executing a "best practice." (iStock photo )

I'm confused by leaders who claim to be transparent but who also use blind copies in their emails.

I want others in the organization to know I've said something to you but I don't want YOU to know that I told others. I don't appreciate clandestine operations.

I've been in business long enough to know some of the reasons why managers use blind copies. I cannot justify the use of blind copies from called leaders. Can anyone claim this to be a "best practice" of a godly leader?

Secrets rarely last long in an organization. A few years ago something happened in the company I was leading and I knew there was no way the individual could have known about the issue without having read a specific email. He had been blind copied. I checked. I fumed.

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Do you think a relationship was strengthened or weakened by the revelation of this fact? When our team becomes aware that the boss is blind copying his boss, can trust survive?

What is the motivation behind the use of a BCC? I can't find anything good, wholesome, or excellent about it. Doesn't the word "blind" say it all?  If you use BCC as a matter of habit, would it also be acceptable for you to allow watercooler whispers?

Blind copies hide something. So let's not claim transparency if we use BCC.

"I once was blind but now I see."

"So again they called the man who was blind and said to him, 'Give glory to God. We know that this Man is a sinner.' He said, 'I do not know if He is a sinner. I know one thing: I was blind, but now I see'" (Matt. 9:24-25).

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