COMMENT OF THE DAY #90 FINAL EPISODE #5
Receiving an appointment as Chair is an honour + a reflection of confidence in your ability to handle the many different expectations of being in charge. It is a combination of two matters – first, your inherent character + reputation for fairness. Very important. People who play games or who lack integrity do not make the grade. Second, the technical expectations – being in charge, being ahead not behind, getting on with fellow arbitrators, proposing next steps, drafting directions, drafting the award, being professional from start to finish.
A Chair needs mental stamina. Be alert. Be aware. Think outwards. Consult. Listen + Act.
You will be challenged – by the appointing authority, by fellow arbitrators, by the parties and – if there is a hearing – by the advocates.
The advocates have their agenda. They want to do their best for their client. Their case has strengths + weaknesses – as they do as advocates.
Do you see the whole picture? Are you aware of the different aspects? I stress stamina. It is a marathon not a sprint. Keep at it.
Finally – being a Chair is very fulfilling. Enjoy the responsibility.