Being a Fair and Responsible Leader Requires More than Good Intentions

27/02/2017
Many leaders will have been to enough development courses to know that fairness and responsibility are the basic building blocks of leadership integrity and trust*. Indeed, the importance of these issues is made most clear in situations when they are absent. If you think of the impact of the 2007 financial crisis or the Enron scandal, then it will become clear what Lewis Garrad means.

While senior leaders are easily convinced to pay attention to the risks that come from losing sight of responsible business practices (and hence frequently embed them in governance process), many overlook the substantial benefits that come from building management cultures which focus on fundamental fairness, respect and responsibility. Indeed, Sirota’s own research has found that a sense of equity is the bedrock on which employee motivation and commitment is built. Without it, people quickly lose enthusiasm for what they do.

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