What is the motivation to treat others fairly?

Treating others well is not an inconvenience, it’s a strategy for success.

The business world can sometimes be brutal.  As the saying goes, it’s a dog eat dog world. Except dogs are pack animals and collaborate and work together. Humans are too.  In fact, if we go totally solo, we tend to not fare to well.  Not only do we need social interactions to thrive, it turns out that surviving alone is hard.

Human societies are collaborative societies. Some people gather and grow food. Some people build houses. Some people write and play music. Some people make and serve food. Some people provide health care to the rest of us. The point is, even if you think you are an island, you probably aren’t.

I write a lot about accepting reality as a strategy for successful planning. Treating people fairly and well is another strategy for success.

In order to succeed at whatever it is you want to do, you probably need other people to help you. Treating those other people fairly will help them want to help you when the going gets tough, and it will get tough.

We have all, at some point, worked with and for people who viewed ethical behavior as an inconvenience. None of us liked it. In fact, people leave jobs all the time to get away from co-workers and bosses that don’t treat them well.

A leader is only as good as their team. Good people don’t like to work for mean selfish people and they certainly won’t go out of their way to solve a problem for a mean person.

Treating people unfairly will drive good people away from you and make your life harder.  Don’t do this to yourself.  If you aren’t naturally compassionate and caring and you don’t really care about fairness, be fair to the people around you anyway. It really will make your life easier.

If you want good people who will support you in your endeavors, treat them fairly. This goes for the people in your personal life and in your professional life.  This isn’t an inconvenience. It’s a strategy for success and happiness.

To learn more – take my living made simpler course which discusses how to better integrate your ethics into your decision making.

Or – if you are more business minded, take – the 7 Sins of Staff Management which will help you understand things NOT to do when working with staff.

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