Leadership can be tricky and challenging. Leadership can also be isolating and lonely.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how leaders receive feedback. To me, it is important to have critical friends, those trusted personal friends or colleagues who are willing and able to be brutally, specifically honest about my leadership. It is also equally important to be willing to hear the same kind of feedback from peers who are trying to be supportive. However, without a relationship of trust, is that feedback heard?
What if you work with someone who uses the word “um” within every sentence as he presents?
What if you work with someone who does not see how they are perceived by others?
What if you witness someone “coaching” or “leading” by telling and ordering others to do something?
Do you tell them?
If you do, are you a critical friend, a supportive peer, or a competitor?
How do we, as leaders, open ourselves up to these crucial conversations? How do we reflect on our own leadership? How do we have these conversations even if they are difficult? How do we support others, building capacity so that we are surrounded by critical friends who support our work? How do we take the feedback we receive and adjust our leadership to be more supportive, more effective, more open or honest? How do we empower others to feel confident to have these critical conversations?
Just some of my thoughts. Would love to hear yours…