None of us can advance in our careers without the candid developmental feedback that makes us more effective. Achieving success requires the self-awareness and the humility to know yourself and continuously seek self-improvement, regardless of position, tenure, or seniority.
TREAT FEEDBACK AS A GIFT. Aggressively seek it out and strive every day to improve. Resist the temptation to be defensive or to make excuses. Take ownership and accountability for your actions. Instead of treating constructive or critical feedback as a mistake or failure, ask yourself, “What can I learn from this?” and strive every day to grow and improve. GIVE FEEDBACK AUTHENTICALLY, THOUGHTFULLY, AND CONSTRUCTIVELY.
Keep in mind that as you advance in your career, the more responsibility you have, the more you depend on others to be successful. TO BE A GREAT LEADER, YOU NEED TO BE A GREAT COACH, willing to roll up your sleeves and get in the arena with your teammates. Great coaches make other people successful.
BEING A GREAT LEADER & A GREAT COACH requires that we create an environment of psychological safety. Create a safe space to provide constructive and critical feedback and tell each other what we did well or what we could have done better on every project, briefing, or engagement.
We can make each other better every single day, and we owe it to each other to do so.