Congratulations. If you completed this week’s challenge you have done one of the hardest, most humbling things a leader can do. If you haven’t and can get up and do it right now, stop reading this and do so. If you must, send an email and ask that person for feedback.
However, for those who did do the challenge of asking someone for feedback – a someone that isn’t exactly your favorite person. How did it go? Did it blow up in your face? If so, that’s ok! This is natural. Feedback isn’t always pretty. It hurts. It’s a natural instinct to want to run. What separates bosses and supervisors from leaders is the ability to stick out the storm. Those who don’t rarely see the dividends of leadership because they are not willing to expend the hard effort required for personal growth.
We will continue on feedback in future posts. But for now, give yourself a pat on the back for doing the hard thing. Maybe you’ve already seen the rewards for your efforts. This would be surprising, since growth doesn’t come fast. For some of you, you’re turning a reputation around. For others, you are just fine-tuning. So don’t get discouraged. Treat yourself to some growth. We all need it, and it is something we will never regret. Be the example of improvement in your work place. Growth is contagious- the good kind of contagious.
The superb source behind many of these ideas is the book Thanks for the Feedback by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heene.