Excerpt from ‘Professional Attributes’ by Kevin K Sheppard
Away from their aircraft, pilots may be very nice people, but while on the job competent pilots always act in the best interest of the aircraft and passengers. Niceness is replaced with objectivity. Objective behavior can be courteous, but objective people do and say what has to be done to serve the best interests of their employer or their client. Of course, objective people have to know what has to be done (technical competence), and must also back up their decisions with facts where possible. Competent people should be objective even when their objectivity gets them into trouble…. even when saying what has to be said may get them fired. Total objectivity is the ability to work and act in the best interest of:
Society first… the organization you
work for second… and yourself third
Total objectivity is a skill to learn and practice, because to do it properly all personal prejudices (likes and dislikes) must be set aside. Judges try to be totally objective when hearing cases, and if a judge decides her objectivity has been compromised, she must withdraw from the case. Politicians have difficulty with total objectivity, because to stay in office politicians have to please the voters, and acting in the best interest of society does not necessarily please voters. This creates a conflict of interest for politicians, and is a shortcoming of the democratic political system.
Learn and practice objectivity
 Think about this – it’s also an integrity issue.