I’m often asked how do you continue to motivate people when you have to give them constructive feedback. I regularly talk about the importance of improving performance from positivity, and focusing on what your team have done well. But to be an authentic leader, you also need to acknowledge when things have gone wrong or haven’t been completed properly and address these effectively. This comes with skill and practice to do this well and not demotivate your team, especially high performers who can also get things wrong at times.
This video of school kids demonstrates really well the skill of how to give constructive feedback for improvement, whilst still maintaining motivation throughout the team. The teacher and kids are able to effectively work together to improve the overall outcome and bring everyone along together. A great example of strong leadership, giving clear specific constructive feedback for improvement and creating enthusiasm and encouragement within the team.
What examples of giving or receiving constructive feedback do you have?