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What Fair Treatment Looks Like

Author: Chaplain, COL Scott McChrystal, USA (Ret.)

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“But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Matthew 20:13 (NIV)

Leaders are constantly evaluated by the yardstick of fairness. Does the leader promote fairness throughout the organization?

Matthew 20:1-16 records a parable Jesus taught about workers who were hired to work in a vineyard. In the end, they received the same wage even though some workers worked much longer than others.

In today’s world of political correctness, the situation would wind up with massive lawsuits with the workers most likely winning.

But, consider further. Do leaders always treat subordinates exactly the same? In the real world, should they? “No” and “no”.

Consider lateness to a formation. Should a 14-year combat veteran receive the same punishment as a new private in the unit? Common sense would tell you, “of course not.”

So, what should leaders do? For a starter, the military is not a democracy. Don’t cater to the crowd. The crowd is usually wrong.

Do weigh each situation carefully in its proper context. Get opinions from senior people you respect. The Lord will guide you into handling these situations in a just manner.


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