7 feedback pitfalls

Feedback is necessary for growth and development. Without it, how do we know what we’re doing well or what we can improve on? As a leader in your organization, being able to effectively communicate your comments can make all the difference in how they are received – and acted upon.

Leadership guru Lolly Daskal writes that “the job of a great leader, manager and boss is to give feedback in a way that comes across as a gift – something useful, not something that makes the recipient feel bad about who they are and what they do.”

To that end, Daskal offers seven phrases leaders should avoid when providing feedback:

  1. If only you…It’s almost impossible to turn this phrase into something positive, and as soon as you say it the recipient will likely tune out whatever comes next.
  2. To be honest…Providing constructive feedback should always be honest. This phrase makes it seem as though you might be holding some opinions back.


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