“Always tell the truth.”
Words of wisdom from my Mom and, likely, yours too.
I apply Mom’s advice to my daughter. When she asks me to review a school essay or listen to a presentation, I tell her the truth—what she has done well, what needs to be improved, and how to do so.
My daughter appreciates the truth. Why? Because the truth, good or bad or in between, can help her to achieve her full potential. Telling her everything’s perfect when it isn’t won’t help her write a better essay. Candid and constructive feedback that’s delivered in a caring manner will.
Likewise, great leaders and coaches provide honest feedback, because they want their team members to perform at their best.
Is your feedback candid, so your team members understand their growth potential, or is it so sugar-coated that you are inhibiting their development?
Remember Mom’s advice.
Julie Freeman is Regional Director for Cohen Brown Management Group, Inc.