Why it’s Important to Receive Feedback

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Are you someone that doesn’t seek out feedback?

It could be for a number of different reasons. Maybe you fear criticism. Perhaps you think you’re doing everything right. It could be something else entirely that stops you from wanting to receive feedback.

However, this is a mistake. Gathering feedback from your direct reports, your peers, and your manager can provide many benefits. Here are just some of them.

Receiving Feedback Provides You Direction

As a leader, it’s important to ask yourself what’s next. For example, what is the next obstacle you’re looking to overcome or the challenge on the horizon that you want to conquer? But what if you don’t know what these things are or which direction you’re heading? This is why you should be gathering feedback.

Ask your direct reports and your teams mates what they think you should focus your efforts on. You might be surprised to find out that there is a core part of your role that could use some work or something else you might think you’re good at that you might not be. Alternatively, they might request that you share your expertise with others and help leaders around you. Regardless of the feedback, you’ll have the direction you need to proceed with your career.

It Makes You Aware of Blind Spots

Receiving feedback is a good way to ensure you’re not missing anything. Your focus can get quite narrow as a leader as you hone in on particular metrics, people, or goals. Sometimes what is the most obvious may end up in your blindspots without you even realising. That’s why you need feedback from direct reports, peers, and managers to help identify these areas.

Sometimes it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re missing skills or abilities you need improvement in. These people can also help you identify strengths that you weren’t aware of. It’s not until someone says something that you’ll begin to realise they’re right, which is why you should want to receive feedback on a regular basis.

Feedback Reinforces Your Own Beliefs

Do you ever question yourself? You might wonder if you’re doing a task correctly or if you’re really as good as you think you are at something. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to know for sure unless you seek out feedback from other people.

You can find out if you’re on the right track with something or if you need to make adjustments to make life easier on yourself. Receiving feedback can help reinforce what you already know or what you think you know, which can be very helpful to your confidence and stop you from second-guessing yourself.

It Helps You Realise Your Strengths

A lot of people believe feedback has to be a negative experience. They think that it only has to focus on areas you need to improve upon as opposed to highlighting strengths. A popular feedback discussion is the continue and consider method. It provides an opportunity to let you know what you should keep doing in your current role.

Just because something is a strength doesn’t necessarily mean that’s it not an area to continue developing. There’s always an opportunity to get better, and if you know you’re already good at something, then it should make it easier to improve in this area.

What to Do When You Receive Feedback

Receiving feedback offers many benefits to you as a leader. It can provide you direction, stop you from questioning yourself, and make you aware of strengths and development areas that you weren’t aware of. So don’t wait to receive feedback. Start asking around today to find out how you can start improving yourself as a leader.

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