The Scenario – Have you ever been involved with a group where you felt you had the knowledge, the skill and the drive to help the group succeed, but never got the opportunity to prove it? This kind of perceived inequity can affect one’s willingness and interest in future participation.
Does citizenship affect fairness?
According to Robert H. Moorman, Ph.D., citizenship and fairness go hand in hand. For example:
1. People are more likely to enact citizenship when they feel that they have been treated fairly by the organization and its leaders.
2. Perceived fairness from leaders causes group members to view their relationship with the organization and its leaders as a social interaction rather than that of an economic or hierarchical interaction.
3. The amount of trust a group member has in the organization or its leaders directly effects the level of citizenship he or she practices.
The Insight – Character strengths are not independent of each other. Some, like fairness and citizenship, go hand in hand. It is important, however, that we work toward building strengths strategically, so that we may continue to grow and improve our abilities to create the greatest, most positive impact, possible.
How do fairness and citizenship interact in your life?
Creating Positive Perspectives for Life