We’ve all been there…
When our boss hires a friend:
- Then the friend leverages that relationship to charm their way out of responsibility and accountability.
When laws are created for the good of all:
- But certain groups are consistently exempt from the law.
When an executive relocates:
Inconsistency is unfair and confusing. It creates stress, erodes trust, increases frustration, wears people out, decreases ownership and limits potential.
On the flip side of that, fairness:
- Helps people feel heard, seen and considered
- Tears down walls of self-protection
- Encourages conversations
- Increases understanding
- Builds trust
- Fuels collaboration
- Unleashes energy and engagement
- Creates positive change
- Builds momentum
- Maximizes results
A leader I’ve admired for many years received this feedback when he decided to run for a public office, “I have known him a long time and have done business with him on several occasions. I have to say he always treated me fair. I did not always get my way, but he always, treated me fair. …That’s just the way he is and how he does business, fair & square.”
Yet so many leaders fail to cultivate fairness in their organizations.
Patrick Lencioni points out one very important reason why titled leaders often avoid simple but effective solutions:
..Simple solutions usually require discipline and hard work over time, while the sophisticated ones seem like shiny silver bullets, capable of making a problem go away in one innovative shot.
It requires focus, effort, consistency, and humility.
But the impact is worth the effort.
Have you ever made a strategic effort to be consistent, fair and explainable?
If not – why not make it your goal for the New Year? (2018 will be very different from 2017 if you do!)