Our reader poll today asks: How “situationally aware” is your team of the perceptions others have of them?
- Very: They are very attuned to how others perceive them 12.56%
- Somewhat: They’re aware of obvious perceptions others have 46.05%
- Not very: They only pick up on the strongest perceptions 30.23%
- Not at all: They’re clueless about how others perceive them 11.16%
Do you know what they think? 40%+ of you report your team isn’t very aware of the perceptions others have of them. This can be a problem. Whether that opinion is good or bad, your team is missing opportunities. If the perception is unfavorable, your team can be taking action to improve their performance to change that perception or they can do a better job of communicating the work they do to make sure people know the value they deliver. If the perception is positive, your team members might not be aware that people appreciate their work. This can lead to morale being lower than it should or attrition being higher because they don’t feel appreciated. In either situation, you, as the leader, can go gather these external opinions, interpret them, share them with your team, and help them change their performance or their perception.
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 240,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.