Our reader poll today asks: How good are you at giving difficult feedback promptly?
– Great — I share difficult feedback immediately: 21.53%
– OK — I give tough feedback with some hesitation: 60.76%
– Not good — I struggle with giving tough feedback: 16.64%
– Poor — I rarely share difficult feedback: 1.07%
Prompt feedback matters. You should never hesitate to give tough feedback promptly. Not doing so is a failure of leadership. You’re not only letting that individual down – you’re letting down the rest of the team too. Invariably they see the person’s shortcomings and they wonder why the boss isn’t taking corrective action. It’s a slippery morale slope from there. Not giving tough feedback promptly can lead to disastrous results and damage your credibility as a leader. That failure also impairs your team’s overall performance. So swallow hard and go deliver the tough messages – it’s much easier to do than you might think.
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.