Archive for January 15th, 2011

Leaders Must Be Fair

Dear Friends,
If you are in a leadership at work, you will encounter difficult situations at time regarding fairness. What is fair treatment across the board? How do we know we are treating everyone the same under similar circumstances? Today’s devotional talks about being a fair leader and reminds us what the Bible says about fairness. Enjoy!

Be a Fair Leader
Deuteronomy 1:16 (NLT)

I instructed the judges, “You must be perfectly fair at all times, not only to fellow Israelites, but also to the foreigners living among you.”

Moses gave the instructions above to his judges when he appointed them to help him rule God’s people. If you have a position of leadership at work, you must also be fair to all your employees. Sometimes Christians may favor other Christians at work because we are brothers and sisters in Christ. However, the Bible tells us we are to treat everybody the same—Christians and non-Christians. We will always have to interact and live among people from various cultures and religious backgrounds. Instead of feeling righteous and superior to them, we must have the compassion of God and be a witness. One way to show them the love of God and being a witness is by being fair.

In addition, from the legal standpoint, we have to comply with the laws protecting all employees. But we need to go beyond that. There are subtle ways in which we can show favor for some people over others and that is also wrong. Verse 17 says, “When you make decisions, never favor those who are rich; be fair to lowly and great alike.”

Examine your heart to ensure you are being fair with everybody in all you do and at all times—especially if you are in leadership.

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