Leaders often have a hard time asking for feedback.
Here are five tips on how to do it:
1. Identify colleagues you trust—mentors, peers or co-workers—and let them know you really want their feedback.
2. Clue them in on the fact that you’re only human and may not always be comfortable hearing what they have to say. Ask them to deliver it gently and give you time to digest it.
3. Gather feedback routinely. Don’t let a month go by without asking for feedback.
4. Act on the information. When you invite others’ input, they expect you to do something with it. Otherwise, they’ll feel like you’re wasting their time.
5. You can disagree with what you’re hearing, but don’t dismiss it. First, have a constructive conversation. Then take it to one or more trusted colleagues for verification. Finally, loop back to your original advisor and figure out the best way forward.
— Adapted from “How to make all feedback positive,” Ellen McGirt, Fast Company.