Fairness is Overrated

Fairness is Overrated is a book on leadership outlining 52 principles of leadership. It was written by Tim Stevens who has been a church leader.

Here is what the Leadership Now blog has to say about the book:

“Fairness is Overrated is a solid leadership primer on what it takes to create a healthy culture day-in and day-out. Tim Stevens comes from a Church leadership perspective. However, his 52 principles are applicable anywhere because people are people with the same issues—only the peer pressure changes (unfortunately).

The 52 principles are organized around four key areas: Be a leader worth following, Find the right people, Build a healthy culture and Lead confidently through a crisis.

Stevens begins with “live a life with margins” and ends with the “five stages of failure.” Living a life with margin structured in not only helps all of the other leadership principles discussed here but it helps you move through the five stages of failure faster. So it’s a foundational principle.

A leader worth following has integrity. It’s about character. Knowing yourself and disconnecting is an important way to maintain integrity. You need to build space for what’s important.

Finding the right people—finding and developing leaders—is the most important thing his did as an executive pastor. “Here is what I believe to my core: the success of leaders will rise or fall based on the decisions they make about the people around them.”

And there is more, read the rest here.

The book discussed the need for a healthy culture for leadership to be effective and this includes the importance of team work.

The book advocates the importance of humility in leaders and trust.

The author also cautions us to not confuse fairness with justice. Fairness may mean that everyone gets the same thing, or at least that is what it is increasingly though to mean. Justice in an organization recognizes the importance of priorities to govern who gets what.

What do you think?

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.