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June 25, 2010

Leadership: Have the courage to invite feedback

When was the last time that someone in your organization told you the truth about your leadership? How often do you invite feedback? How safe do others feel about telling you the truth? What do you think you might learn by asking the question?

As an individual rises to the highest levels of leadership, there are fewer and fewer people willing to tell him/her the truth. Marshall Goldsmith, author and executive coach suggests that there are only two problems successful people have with feedback: (1) "They don’t want to hear it from us;†and (2) "We don’t want to give it.â€

Employees quickly get the message that they are welcome to tell the boss only what the boss wants to hear.

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