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The question is not whether we should be providing Equal opportunities to people. The question really is whether equal opportunity exists in the true sense of the word.
The inclination and trust, almost always, is towards people that have a higher probability of being successful.
How many times do we really take the Risk and enable the "not so great" people to take up tough challenges? How equipped do we make ourselves, as leaders, to accept that the new person might take more time than the usual, that the new person might not understand what we expect them to do, that they might have a huge learning curve or, worse yet, that they might fail? It makes it harder because we all know of someone on our teams that can do it faster and better.
Equal opportunity must influence us, as leaders, to help people Grow. Sometimes, a lot of times, success might not come outright and might require a lot of patience from us.
On the other hand, opportunities come to those who step up to the proverbial plate. Risk is taken with people that want to Succeed, grow and want to give and be more.
We cannot, no matter how great we become at leadership, impose success on others. The hunger to succeed must come from within.
I support an equal opportunity environment. We all must. Mine, however, makes me dependent on people that want to learn, grow, help, keep promises and make every new day better than the previous one.