Speaking from experience, I have a hard time adhering to constructive criticism sometimes. Being a perfectionist, not to mention stubborn, it’s hard to admit when I am wrong. Part of being a good leader is realizing your mistakes and taking as much as you can from constructive criticism to better yourself in the future. Below are some pointers to help you effectively take constructive criticism:
This one is my biggest challenge but the most important one. Stop making excuses or defending yourself, it doesn’t matter. The whole purpose of constructive criticism is to learn from it. Even if you are feeling a little affronted, try to swallow your pride a little and remain respectful at all times.
It’s okay to disagree, just as long as you do so in a professional way. If you genuinely feel that you were misjudged, responding neutrally like, “Thanks so much for the tips. I wasn’t aware that I was coming across that way. From my perspective…” That way, you will be able to see another side of the issue.
Write it down
Reflect on the critiques that you receive, i.e. what you disagreed with, agreed with, what you want to take away from it to improve upon in the future, and so forth. Just be sure to keep it private, it may be detrimental for your disagreements to go viral.
While it is important to keep these tips in mind, make sure you don’t take everything too seriously. Part of being an individual is taking as much as you can from what you are given and spinning it your way.
What do you think? Do you take criticism well? If so, how do you take away from it? Let us know!