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Gadfly

A nickname for a "professional" securityholder who owns stock in various companies, attends annual meetings and asks senior management hard and often embarrassing questions.

Gadfly

A slightly derogatory term for a shareholder who attends annual meetings of shareholders and asks the executives difficult questions. That is, the gadfly may question executive pay, ask why a dividend was not larger when it could have been, and may also generally point out issues about which other shareholders may not be aware. Obviously, many executives do not like the presence of gadflies, though shareholders may find them useful.
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JoAnn Klinker demonstrates in "Qualities of Democracy: Links to Democratic Leadership" that on-going critical inquiry is needed in the field of educational leadership, an arena that frequently if not normally leaves little time for practitioners to be gadflies.
As Jesus told his disciples, every generation wants to build shrines to the prophets of the past, but nobody wants these gadflies lampooning our own greed, arrogance, and corruption.
Acceptance of them won't keep the gadflies from hounding you, but it will offer some sensible rebuttals to their assertions.
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These insulating actions have not won the council members new fans, especially since their own conduct has chased away everyone but gadflies from their meetings.
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Like other public agencies, the board must juggle a sometimes hefty agenda with the need to hear from the public, including gadflies and those who harshly criticize the panel's actions.