How to be approachable to direct feedback

How often do you hear or ask for direct feedback? Being open and receptive to direct feedback is a vital leadership skill – but do we make it easy for people especially of we are the boss? 

Have you ever been in a situation where you know someone wants to say something to you but they are tying themselves in knots beating around the bush? Have you ever seen your team exchange smirks or silent looks in meetings? You have some choices. You can stand or sit there looking bewildered and then walk away, scratching your head, none the wiser. You can ignore them totally and plough on regardless. Or you can make it easy for them to spit it out and give you direct feedback, or whatever it is they want to say to you, which is clearly making them feel uncomfortable.

Sometimes  you may not like what you are going to be told.

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