What is so wrong with favoritism?
Bible Character: Jacob (also known as Israel & grandson of Abraham)
“Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.” Genesis 37: 3-4
After reading the verses above it’s not hard to understand why Joseph’s brothers would sell him to the Midianite merchants! Favoritism gives birth to jealousy, and with jealousy comes hatred and bitterness.
Leaders often regard certain individuals differently than others. So many layers of business contain built-in areas for favoritism to thrive, whether it’s management structures, pay incentives, or even responsibility levels. How do we avoid that trap of favoritism?
Invest in Everyone
Like on a sports team, we need everyone in the organization contributing to the goals, no matter what position they hold. If you only invest in a few people that are “most” important to you, the other individuals will soon become discouraged.
Listening to Ideas
Some leaders are so tuned into their favorites that they only listen to those individuals. Even though the ideas of the other individuals are just as good or better, they can’t hear the information. Consider how to collect and stream feedback from all levels of your organization.
Avoid Wrong Gift Giving
Leaders definitely want to reward the individuals in the organization who are providing productivity. We must guard against discouraging others by not sharing proper rewards with the entire group.
God obviously had a plan for Joseph; let’s not question that.
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Genesis 50: 20-21