For any functional leader ‘being objective’ is a leading differentiator.
Regrettably, this quality is utterly defunct in majority of functional leaders. You can be “objective” only when you are beyond any personal prejudices, slanted reactions, inflexible creeds, and convenient interpretations. Very similar to the portrayal of a ‘Sthitpragyna’– an individual who is gifted with unwavering mental stability…An individual whose judgements are outside of his own predispositions.
Objectivity breeds trust and loyalty in the team. It brings predictability in the system.
I am not talking about “neutrality”, but about the “fairness”.
Standing for truth in a given circumstances.
It calls for sacrifice. It calls for quality of courage.
Sadly, at workplace, leaders use objectivity as an “expedient opportunity” without realization that how destructive this attitude is to morale fabric of the team.Objectivity is selectively dilapidated by majority of professionals to manipulate emotions of their team members. However, people see through such gimmicks. Subordinates are customarily quick in observing inconsistencies. Therefore, wisdom lies in being fair all the time. A leader must learn to play his role with gratitude.
In the corporate world, very conveniently, policy and procedures are tweaked for selective purposes. Expediently fit-in different rules for different people. Interpretations are altered for suitability and favours…Dependability is bargained for discriminatory benefits…Backward rationalizations are preserved for the rainy day.
Do you think such leaders will ever earn credibility?
The answer is big ‘NO’.
Every individual is born with a deep sense of objectivity and a strong aspiration to fight whatever is treated as dishonorably.
I often suggest to the senior leadership teams in my client organizations:
Stop capitalizing your intelligence for manipulating people. It is more like staging a stripped theatrics…a display of immature ostrich mind-set.
Today, having quality of courage to stand for objectivity is perhaps imperative to the leadership role… people find it worthy of reverence and emulation.
I know, being just is hard. But it can be achieved by expending your life-energies more resolutely.