When it comes to evaluating staff, do you focus on success or failure?
Author Bobb Biehl has written some of the best material on evaluating staff I have read. Biehl reminds leaders, “80 to 90 percent of all your evaluation should be focused on the positive — what they’re doing right, not what they’re doing wrong.” He goes on, “An evaluation is meant to help a person look good, not to make them look bad. Evaluation is more preventive than corrective.”
How are you doing as an evaluator of your team members? Do they look forward to evaluation day or do they view it as judgment day?
Great leaders believe in their direct reports and inspire them through encouragement. Mediocre leaders look for mistakes and play the blame game.
If you want to be a better leader, start with being more positive with your team. Make them look good and they will make you look good!
Leadership Begins at Home,
Which comes more natural for you during evaluations — focusing on the positive or looking for mistakes?
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Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.