Have you gone through the emotional discomfort of being told you are not managing it well, you do not have the leadership skills, you are micromanaging, or you are just putting the burden off to us from your shoulders?
Let’s face it. We have all gone through this. Being a leader comes with pros and cons. Listen, your team is watching you. Your actions will set an example, especially to create an honest environment.
Shubhangi has always been doing well with her employees but she never gives an ear to what her employees come up with. She is not mature enough to respond appropriately to feedback from her team - she gets defensive.
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Shubhangi is someone who reached me through social media to help her live a happy life at work and come out of the frustration. After all, who likes to hear a list of negative things about themselves? Nevertheless, be it a manager or anyone from the team, it’s important to be able to take critical feedback without getting defensive, just to make some real positive changes.
So how do you receive feedback well? Here are the points you should focus on and this is what I suggested Shubhangi.
Overall, receiving critical feedback doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a bad person or you’re doing wrong. Perhaps, this will be a chance for you to develop your management style. I’m sure, just like Shubhangi, many of you need to be less defensive during the feedback.
Now that you know what is good for you, start practicing it. Trust me, the more you be less defensive, the better you’ll be able to support your team. And in turn, the more you will be able to spread a culture of feedback in your organization.
What has been your experience while receiving feedback or what happened when you gave critical feedback to your manager? Let us know in the comments below.
Vartika Kashyap is the Marketing Manager at ProofHub and has been one of the LinkedIn Top Voices in 2017 and 2018. Her articles are inspired by office situations and work-related events. She likes to write about productivity, team building, work culture, leadership, entrepreneurship among others and contributing to a better workplace is what makes her click. Connect with Vartika on LinkedIn, Medium and Twitter.
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Vartika is the Chief Marketing Officer at ProofHub. She has 6 Years experience in online digital marketing, brand optimization and SEO along with social media marketing and email marketing strategies. Vartika holds an MBA in Finance (Banking) & Marketing from the IBS Hyderabad.