One of the single most effective leadership traits is also one of the trickiest: asking for honest feedback from employees and then making sure they feel comfortable and secure enough to actually give it. Many leaders are too proud to ask subordinates for feedback, and this limits their growth because nobody knows a leader better than their employees. Just asking, however, is not enough. You need to make employees feel safe and confident in their ability to give honest feedback without retaliation, and you need to really listen.
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