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According to a recent study, most of us are more comfortable receiving negative feedback than delivering it -- and that's unfortunate, because constructive criticism is essential to improving performance, and thus being more successful at work.
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Leadership development researchers Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman surveyed 899 people from the US and abroad, asking them to assess how they feel about giving and receiving negative feedback in a professional context, and also their level of self-confidence. What they found will surprise most managers who dread giving constructive criticism during performance reviews: in short, people want negative feedback, often more than they want praise.
A few facts from their research, as summarized in Harvard Business Review's Blog Network:
The bottom line?
"People believe constructive criticism is essential to their career development," write Zenger and Folkman. "They want it from their leaders. But their leaders often don't feel comfortable offering it up."
The ability to give negative feedback in a constructive way might be the difference between an ineffective leader and one who gets things done.
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