A Good Leader Knows How To Give Specialized Feedback
Typically, different work personalities also have very different reactions to edits, changes, and criticisms, and as a leader, it is your job to understand how to best communicate new needs to individual team members. Someone more concerned with numbers and corrections will be more likely to respond better to more succinct edits and clear instructions on new changes. However, a more creative team member may appreciate an explanation for the changes and edits you are making, in addition to emphasizing the value they bring to the team.
This is all about adaptability. A good leader knows that one size does not fit all when it comes to critiques. You don’t have to use kid gloves or sugarcoat things, but sometimes the direct approach isn’t always the best approach.
This goes back to something discussed in the previous blog. Talk to your teammates. Ask them how they best receive criticism and then tailor how you give feedback based on their response. This may seem like you’re just trying to avoid hurting feelings, but it is deeper than that.
When you learn how to communicate with your team, you’re ensuring they can do their best work. You are ensuring you are speaking to them with clarity and in a manner that they can utilize to improve their work. Being a good leader again is all about being able to adapt and connect. Missed the first part of our leadership series? Find it here!
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