Giving Feedback

What makes a great leader?

One of the top three traits associated with great leaders is the ability to effectively give feedback to drive operational performance.

In the millennial workplace formal performance evaluations are increasingly being phased out in favor or more regular, informal forms of ongoing feedback.

Good leaders use corrective feedback to change or alter negative behaviors. For corrective feedback to be most effective:

1. It should be provided in a timely manner.
2. It should be done privately.
3. It should include specifics or details regarding negative behaviors.
4. It should be accompanied by encouragement afterwards.

What separates good leaders from great leaders is the use of supportive feedback as much or more than corrective feedback. The number one reason that leaders say that they don’t give more positive feedback is that they don’t have time. Yet, they always seem to have time to provide corrective feedback. For supportive feedback to be most effective:

1. It should be part of your daily routine.
2. It should also be specific
3. It should also be timely.
4. It can be either in public or in private depending upon the person.

How would the people that you lead describe your ability to give feedback? It is an area that is easily worked on and can make you a stronger leader.

Written by guest blogger Todd Nicholas, Senior Career Counselor/Lead Trainer.