Why do leaders and managers lie about feedback? Fear. Honest feedback is the result of successful employee engagement. More importantly, a matter of self efficacy.
When you think of feedback ask yourself, “Can we bring people into an experience where they feel safe in speaking up?” Hopefully you hired people who had this attribute. Paradoxically, while you are using an antiquated leadership style that torments people rather than lifting them up apply your heart to theirs.
This takes your feelings of authority and one upmanship to a Bottom up leadership style of “people first.” I mean really.
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Employees know their leaders and managers are lying when they say they want honest feedback. The staus quo the comfort is promulgated in organizations large and small by sequestering trouble makers who actually speak up as though they don’t give a flying flip.
Perhaps you’ve been in a meeting in which a leader asks for feedbackor concerns, and everyone smiles and nods. That’s a warning sign that true diversity of opinion isn’t welcome.
You can adapt your leadership to the situation and person so as not to intimidate.
We have been small business experts for more than 25 years. I lived in my car years ago going on to complete college and fulfill my dreams. I understand what having a vision means.
Jim is president of InnoThink Group a human resources and leadership management consulting firm. He has an absolute passion for people development and are constantly refining and adapting his programs in order to ensure that they have the maximum impact on those we serve.