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On a scale of light wind to tornado, How often do you encourage Feedback?
Feedback can hurt, but the way you respond to feedback reveals 3 major insights into your leadership capabilities.
Feedback is critical to the success of any organization.
Feedback allows your people to engage with your ideas and criticize your ideas with the hope that it will benefit the ultimate goal of the organization.
When you don’t encourage feedback it reveals 3 insights about your leadership:
1. Reveals insecurities about who you are and your ideas.
If you decline feedback it could reveal that you are insecure about yourself or about your ideas. People who are secure in who they are draw people in. They are confident and willing to engage with people. They understand relationship management. Secure people get along with others, work to resolve problems and conflicts and recognize feedback as a means to that end.
As a Christian, our confidence isn’t found in what we do, but in God’s ability to work through us. My confidence is rooted in His power. As a Christian deepen your trust in God’s promises….by getting to know his promises!
2. You have difficulty in finding the truth and moving on.
Do you have those friends that catalog every wrong done against them and then proceed to bring them up time after time? Let it go! Leaders don’t allow bitterness to burrow in their hearts. They mine for the truth found in the criticism and move on and move forward with the project.
3. You move away from your Critics.
Critics in your organization or ministry are often the strongest leaders. If you decline feedback you are most likely moving away from your critics and segregating yourself from your strongest leaders. Instead you should be moving toward your critics with nothing to prove to them. You are completely secure with your ideas and by moving towards your greatest critics you build trust, gain leadership, and mine for truth.
If you are insecure with yourself, cling to past offenses, and run from your critics it is time to re-evaluate your ability to lead and begin the difficult process of asking and engaging with feedback.
This process is critical to building a winning team and a successful outcome to any project or goal.
Question: What are positive reasons to engage in opportunities for feedback from your team?