Leadership

What’s Good for the Goose Is Good for the Gander

Issue 10 and Volume 172.

Bobby Halton
editor’s opinion ❘ By BOBBY HALTON We all grew up hearing this conceivably 500-year-old version of “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.” The saying has to do with fairness, equal distribution of opportunity, and level playing fields. It also has to do with power and its use and misuse. There are all kinds of power—physical power, financial power, political power, spiritual power, personal power, organizational power (surely there are more, but you get the idea). The common thread in power is that the mere possession of it means someone else doesn’t possess it. A very famous line from President Abraham Lincoln summed it up: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Having power can bring someone tremendous joy or sorrow, discredit or praise, lasting distinction or eternal shame. Names like Marcus Aurelius and his nephew, Nero,…

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