In the corporate world there is one constant feedback for many managers – that he/she is unfair. Let’s remember that fairness is not objective. It’s subjective and each person’s sense of fairness is different. Then how does one treat everyone fairly and appear to have treated everyone fairly ?
Look at the current elections and now the exit polls. The minute the CON team is losing, it says it’s a collective failure. Till the minute the exit poll results were announced, the twit was projected as the messiah who will deliver them the third term. Now that is clearly unfair, to those that had no say in the decision to project the twit as the PM candidate. Some will also say the way Jaswant Singh was not given a ticket, was unfair. From Jaswant Singh’s point of view it certainly was. But look at it from BJP’s point of view – this man is not a winner, whatever be his age and unfortunately he doesn’t have a famous enough last name to be get a shoo-in.
An objective measure of fairness, in my opinion is, equality of opportunity. Do you provide equal opportunity to all in your team, do you let people disagree with you totally and still consider and include their view, do you treat everyone without discrimination ? Providing equal opportunities to someone you consider a threat and to your favorite sycophant requires courage, which is a competency that managers and leaders in the corporate world lack …. Not just the corporate world but every walk of life, courage is becoming scarce.