What it Means to be Fair – Five Important Steps
“What kind of manager do you want to be?” This is a question that’s becoming increasingly popular with hiring and HR managers during the interview process. The reason is simple: They want to get a feel for how in-touch the candidate is with the expectations of employees, and they’re looking for fit within their corporate culture.
If you were asked this question, now, as a CEO, what would be your answer? It is my opinion that ‘fair’ is an adjective to which executives and managers of all stripes should aspire. Here’s why…
To possess fairness is to own an all-encompassing characteristic that captures the essence of what it means to be a good manager. It’s the person who can see each and every situation for what it is, reaching the best outcomes, regardless of who is involved and the resulting consequences. And, it is the person who can manage teams and situations on what’s best for the company rather than what’s most popular.
For these reasons alone, a fair manager, and especially a fair CEO, is the person every organization should want at the helm. To help ensure you’re part of the coveted rank, try implementing the following tactics in your everyday interactions:
Remember that being fair isn’t easy. If it were, it wouldn’t be such a highly sought-after trait. As Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic Movement, once said, “Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just.” The key is to dedicate yourself to the effort and make conscious decisions toward it each and every day.