This past week I had a chance to see someone launch a new business. The event was less than perfect, to say the least.
As I walked away from the opening, I couldn’t help but wonder about the future of the venture. Will he make it, or will he crash and burn?
The answer to that question lies somewhere inside the truth of Proverbs 29:1 which says: “Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery.”
Mr. Startup has a great product, a huge demographic, and is meeting a big need. All that will be irrelevant unless he learns from his mistakes.
When it comes to criticism, how are you handling it these days? If you are like most people, you probably try to avoid it. I say don’t. In fact, lean into it and see if you can learn how to raise your performance.
Constructive criticism can be one of your best opportunities to grow as a leader.
There is an old saying, “Constructive criticism is when I criticize you. Destructive criticism is when you criticize me.” Don’t buy in to that kind of thinking. If someone cares enough about you to offer some sound advice, be willing to see if you can find a nugget of truth and make the necessary adjustments.
Recently a friend of mine pointed out an area where I need to make progress. While it was hard to hear, I tried to learn from what he said to me. The reality is my friend was only trying to help me improve. If he didn’t want to see me succeed he would have kept his comment to himself.
I am glad he spoke up. I don’t want to be the guy who ignores or avoids criticism. To do so is to bring about my own peril. Not very smart.
May we all become wise leaders who are willing to be truth tellers to one another. But even more so, may we become truth receivers.
Learning from the input of others is a sign of wisdom. Are you being wise?
Why do you think it is so hard for a person to receive correction?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.