10 Reasons Strategic Fairness is Worth Your Effort

Fairness is hard work

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:

  1. Helps people feel heard, seen and considered
  2. Tears down walls of self-protection
  3. Encourages conversations
  4. Increases understanding
  5. Builds trust
  6. Fuels collaboration
  7. Unleashes energy and engagement
  8. Creates positive change
  9. Builds momentum
  10. 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!)


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Chery Gegelman, Speaker & Facilitator

President, Giana Consulting

Chery Gegelman is an adventurer that loves to learn. ...Deep conversations, books, travel, and daily living are all food for growth.

As a speaker, facilitator and workshop leader she creates energizing environments that reflect God's grace, tear down walls, help people to consider new perspectives, and inspire change.

Chery is the Founder of Giana Consulting and Conversation Safari's, listed as a Great Leadership Speaker by Inc., writes a recognized leadership blog and has co-authored two leadership books.

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4 thoughts on “10 Reasons Strategic Fairness is Worth Your Effort

  1. I truly believer that inconsistency is the one thing that undermines a leader’s authority more than anything else. They can have all sorts of worts that people recognize and learn to live with over time. But, an inconsistent leader constantly has everyone off balance because no one ever knows what to expect. It’s creates unneeded anxiety…

  2. Excellent post, Chery! Being fair is critical for leaders to gain team members’ trust and respect. When I have not been treated fairly I ended up not working as hard as I could. I did not feel valued or empowered to put forth my best effort or talent. Crazy that when we see inconsistency we often become angry and just choose to take a back seat.

    Thanks Chery!