Someone said, “Good feedback is the key to improvement.” I believe this is very important in leadership. It is not possible for leaders to lead successfully without a constant channel of receiving feedback. Every leader needs to know what is working and what is not. One of the best ways to understand this is through an effective feedback system.
When a leader is not getting a feedback, it becomes difficult for the leader to really know the areas he or she will need to improve. Bill Gates once said, “We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve. Ken Blanchard believes, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” Jim Young Kim said, “The most fundamental thing about leadership is to have the humility to continue to get feedback and to try to get better – because your job is to try to help everybody else get better.” “A Truthful Evaluation Of Yourself Gives Feedback For Growth and Success” says, Brenda Johnson.
I believe feedback is one of the building blocks of a leader’s effectiveness and correctness. But the only caution that must be taken is to separate wrong feedback from right feedback. Not all feedback can be used by a leader. But of course, all feedback can be helpful to give a leader savoir-fare.
One important blessing of feedback for leaders is when it comes from the well-meaning people. Although, feedback from negative people can also help a leader to grow when it is received with a right perspective. But there’s nothing compared to having a feedback from right people.
“Feedback is one of the building blocks of a leader’s effectiveness and correctness.”
Feedback mostly reveals the need of the people God has called us to lead. People have their personal needs. Sometimes without a feedback in form of opinion, observations and criticism, leaders may not be able to understand the need of the people following their leadership. Just as Winston Churchill posits, “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” So when needs are revealed through feedback, not minding the form by which it is presented, leaders have opportunity to meet the needs of the people.
Therefore, leaders should not be afraid of feedback. In fact, we must encourage an atmosphere where people are secured enough to speak and bear their minds. It is not healthy for any leader who takes feedback for granted. Leaders are not always right. Hence, they should not create fear in the heart of the people to keep back when they suppose to feedback. Leaders must know how to ask for feedback through different avenues that can make people to bear their minds. But a leader must also be secured in himself to accept whatever feedback is given and make the best use of them for the good of all. Elon Musk said, “I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.”
If you are a leader who desire to increase your leadership capacity, I advise you to take advantage of the benefits feedback will give to you.