Leadership can be a very lonely place. Leaders have to make decisions, critical decisions, that will make some people happy and upset others. But leaders are people too. They have all the same feelings and needs as anyone else. They can feel insecure, inadequate, uncertain, and lonely.
People are more likely to criticize and complain to others than they are to give positive, authentic, and specific feedback. Often, when someone on our employee team tells me something they appreciate in our President/CEO, I encourage them to send him a message directly. Like all of us, they need the positive feedback too.
3 reasons your boss needs to hear positive, authentic, and specific feedback from you:
- They care what you think.
Your boss really does care what you think about their leadership. Do you support the strategic direction they have put in place? Do you feel confident about their vision for the future? Are they communicating in such a way that you are motivated and compelled to follow? When possible, give them specific and positive feedback about their leadership because they really do care what you think.
- Because they want to do a good job.
Leaders want to be successful. They want to have a high performing team that is energized and committed to the future. They want to make an impact in serving their customers and in serving their employee team. Your feedback can make a significant difference in their own confidence and passion to lead. Leadership is hard work and the weight of all that comes at a leader can be overwhelming. When you share specifics about how they are leading well, you can strengthen their heart to do all that is required to lead well.
- Because they want to know they are making a difference.
Leaders, like most of us, want to do work that truly makes a difference. They want to lead with purpose, to make an impact in the lives of others. Whenever you can share positive stories on the difference their leadership is making in the lives of others, you will give new life to your leader. Maybe you have a personal story of how their leadership has made a difference in your own life. Your leader needs to know their leadership matters.
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Why do you think positive leadership feedback is important?
“Now we ask you, brothers, to give recognition to those who labor among you and lead you in the Lord and admonish you, and to regard them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13