Respect is due to everyone who belongs to a community. Losing respect can be humiliating to an individual. A community damages its own fabric if it excludes people by denying them respect. For all that, respect cannot be handed out equally to everyone; treating everyone teh same blocks our ability to respect people as individuals. Respect for a person is appreciation of that person's value, accompanied by appropriate feelings, and expressed in appropriate behavior.The Ajax Dilemma carries an important reminder for society about why justice, fairness, and rewards are incremental concepts. Prof Woodruff challenges our perceptions of justice, compassion, and wisdom with a cogent message for leaders.
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Source: Woodruff, P (2011), The Ajax Dilemma: Justice, Fairness, and Rewards, New York: Oxford University Press.