The Impartial Judge in Us

 

Who is an impartial judge? According to https://www.collinsdictionary.com/ “Someone who is impartial is not directly involved in a particular situation and is therefore able to give a fair opinion or decision about it”

In the court of law, this is very crucial to a free and fair hearing, the precursor to the judiciary been the last hope for justice for the downtrodden.

But it does not stay only in law, it applies to our lives especially if you are a leader. From your home to your workplace, family, nation, been impartial is the first course and step in having and commanding respect and leading people.

A Leader inspires followers when he/she is viewed as impartial and can be trusted to take an unbiased position in any matter without fear or favour.

The truth is, it takes discipline and strength of character to be impartial and unbiased. “I have tried to be impartial, though I know that a man’s past always colors his views, and that nothing else is so irritating as impartiality.” ~ Will Durant

This assertion is quite true, I have had men, women who based on their past or pre-disposition, held a coloured view on a matter that is black and white. And provided a sentimental response to an issue that ought to be treated with unbiasedness.

If as a leader, you cannot be trusted to be unbiased, then you are just a rudderless ship…a disaster waiting to happen. Great men and leaders of renown are of impeccable character and who would call a spade a spade and not a farm implement.

The effects of been biased and partial in any place is that it breeds strife and discontent. Because once you are viewed as partial and unable to say the truth, it is a Tonga you cannot dispose of readily, it entangles you, its becomes like a body odour, and no matter the amount of deodorant to cover or mask it, it will always ooze out when you least expect it.

Not only that, you will not get quality and honest feedbacks as a leader and your, frank, honest, opinion and counsel would not be sought for you cannot be trusted. At best, you will get boot lickers, gainsayers and charlatans who will flock to you like wolves in sheep clothing and shower you with praises and encomium of how good you are and how you are the best thing that ever happened to them but will play Brutus when the Julius Caesar in you is about to be gotten rid of.

And if you are known for your fair assessment and objectiveness, the world will make a beaten footpath to your doorstep even if, you live in the woods. Your gifting will simply make room for you and you will be viewed as someone who is upright and stands for justice easily…and held in high regards always.

And all these reflects in our business even though it seems to be personal attributes. I would rather do business with an upright man than with some who’s word of truth I cannot trust.  If in your occupation, your assessment is based on sentiments, eye services and you and you alone, your business cannot grow…its stagnated for all you care. You are not open to genuine feedbacks that would drive growth and innovation.

On the other hand, if you take feedbacks seriously and openly without been sentimental or arrogant, then you are opened to growth in your business. Ideas will flow in, critiques will come and you are able to assess it all on its merit and take a decision without been biased or sentimental.

Your business and our nation will do a lot better, if we are not defensive but opened to critiques and impartial in our assessment and review of what happens to us directly. The truth, we are who we are because of who we want to be…our inherent desire.

The impartial judge in us, is the person described by Josiah Gilbert Holland in his poem, God give us men reproduced below;

GOD, give us men!

A time like this demands

Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;

Men whom the lust of office does not kill;

Men whom the spoils of office can not buy;

Men who possess opinions and a will;

Men who have honor; men who will not lie;

Men who can stand before a demagogue

And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!

Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog

In public duty, and in private thinking;

For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,

Their large professions and their little deeds,

Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,

Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps

Josiah Gilbert Holland

 

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