The purpose of feedback in the workplace is to help you improve your job performance. You understand what you do well and learn about all those things that you need to develop. Either way, it’s designed to help you be a better leader.
Because feedback is important, you must understand the two types of feedback found in corporate – constructive and negative.
Constructive feedback will build you up hence its name. It’s rooted in truth and a desire to see you succeed in the workplace. It’s your responsibility to consider it and figure out how to apply it in your everyday job function. If your leader brings to your attention that you are late for your morning meetings every single week and you know it’s true, it’s your responsibility to find a way to get there earlier. This shows you have put the constructive feedback into perspective and acted on putting improvements in place. This is the ultimate goal of this type of feedback.
Negative feedback however may or may not be valid. It’s up to you to challenge its validity. If you find that it’s not valid, take it with a grain of salt. There are lots of mean people in corporate (if you haven’t found out yet) who are insecure and have issues with others advancing. They are so afraid that you will pass them up and take their promotion. Ignore this type of feedback as well as those that deliver it. It ultimately allows you to see who you cannot trust in the workplace.
You have potential to take the corner office with glass walls should you desire it! Feedback will be an important tool in this process of advancing in the workplace as a woman leader. Although feedback for job performance typically comes from your boss, you can also request feedback from your peers. Ask a trusted peer if they think you handled a certain situation correctly? Sometimes, they will provide a different perspective and even help you see a better way to approach it in the future.
Learning to receive feedback is a sure-fire way to get yourself noticed as a leader! But don’t just listen to it, you need to take action.
When you complete your next important job task, ask your leader how he thought you did? Listen intently and implement any improvements if there is an opportunity to get better.
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