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Fairness is one of the biggest challenges to leadership in law enforcement. A good leader will be consistent and fair when dealing with subordinates. This is easier said than done. Not every situation, every day is the same. Some situations need to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and cannot be handled “by the book.” Personal judgement sometimes needs to be exercised. A good leader should strive to handle similar situations the same way. However, no matter how good of a job the leader does, someone may feel as the were slighted. This leads to lost of trust and the relationship suffers because of the belief of being mistreated. The leader should sit down with the induvial and explain why this situation was handled differently than prior instances because of some extenuating circumstances. Even if the person disagrees with the decision, they may respect being told your thought process and won’t jump to unfounded conclusions.