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Why are you so scared for asking feedback on your actions?

Posted on: June 27, 2019

Why are you so scared for asking feedback on your actions?

The statement that consistently receives the lowest rating is, “Asks for feedback on how his/her actions affect other people’s performance.” (pg. 85)

By Dan Rockwell?

“Leaders are reluctant to want to know
how we impact others.” Jim Kouzes

This thought woke me up about 3:00 a.m. this morning:

Authenticity leaves a thin line between
who I am and what I do.

Authentic leaders act authentically. The problem with negative feedback is it’s about us, it’s personal.

Dealing with negative feedback:

First, feedback must be so regular it’s expected and normal.

Second, the frequency of positive feedback must outweigh negative. Positive environments are established and maintained with positive talk. Work at being affirming and encouraging.

Third, make the authentic you a person who pursues excellence. It’s impossible to achieve excellence without feedback. Choosing to pursue excellence opens the door for leaders to frequently ask, “How am I doing?”

Bonus benefit: Constant feedback may prevent the bubble of negative feedback that builds up and festers in organizations. Many small doses may be easier and healthier that one large dose.

What other suggestions would help leaders more frequently ask, “How am I doing?”

Leadership Freak Alert: I’m heading to the Global Leadership Summit and it’s likely you’ll receive at least one more Freak-post today. If you’re at the Lancaster, PA site, look me up.

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