Seven Rules for Giving Feedback to Your Boss, and Surviving to Tell About it
October 30, 2019
REPOSTED BY LEI, from Leadership Freak.
Few Things In Organizational Life Are More Dangerous Than Speaking Truth To Power. But Isolated Leaders Become Arrogant, Indulgent, And Authoritarian.
Incompetent leaders count on reluctance to maintain their position and power. As long as you don’t bring up inconsistencies, advocate for contrarian ideas, or provide tough feedback, positional leaders thrive.
“Going through channels” creates protective cocoons that shield leaders from the real world. What happens when your boss sees you talking to her boss, for example? Reluctance to speak the truth protects incompetence.
Seven Rules For Giving Feedback to Your Boss:
1. Pet the tiger. It doesn’t end well when you poke the tiger with a sharp stick. Respect, appreciation, honor, and alignment are tiger-petting strategies that serve everyone well.
2. Bring heart. Who you are speaks louder than what you say. Don’t brag about being a straight shooter until you display a tender heart. A bully is a straight shooter who stands aloof. Before you shoot straight ask: