360 Feedback: Feedback from Subordinates

Getting feedback about your leadership and managerial methods is absolutely vital to improvement. It offers insight in to how your employees perceive you, where you excel, and where you may be falling short, but it isn’t all that easy to obtain, as many employees are hesitant to criticise their superiors. This is one of the reasons our 360 feedback surveys operate anonymously.

There have been differing methods of gaining feedback from subordinates. Julius Caesar was well-known for touring the front lines of his army, intent on rallying the troops, ensuring that they knew he was fighting alongside them, and evaluating the performance and feedback of his generals first-hand. He knew that staying personally on top of any issues, and knowing the inner workings of a team, is vital to effective and productive management.

Asking your employees for feedback directly, and often, creates an atmosphere of communication within the group. Encouraging broad and inclusive discussion keeps issues out in the open, and allows them to be fleshed out immediately among each stakeholder or worker within a project.

There are psychological elements as well. Asking for feedback makes your employers feel as though they are active participants in the management of the firm, by taking their accolades and criticism seriously, and adopting them in to their routine. This invokes a team attitude, and encourages them to work like stakeholders in league with the company.

At Leaderskill, we believe constant improvement is the path to greater success. Our 360 feedback allows your managerial staff the chance to learn from their subordinates, and take these lessons on board.

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