Part of my job as a leader is helping people I lead get better at what they do. That often involves letting them know about areas I see where they can improve.
That can be difficult for some people to receive. Granted, much of that has to do with my delivery of the encouragement to improve, but I’ve found some people especially struggle to receive anything with an appearance of correction. They don’t want me to believe they made a mistake or even that there is any room for improvement. Some, especially with perfectionist or prideful personalities, seem to feel that if something needs changing about their performance, then whatever they did wasn’t completely right. And, the opposite of right is — wrong.
For those people, I sometimes have to remind them:
Just because you can do something better, doesn’t mean you did anything wrong.
Unless the person was blatantly or intentionality making mistakes or not giving it a good effort…
They did what they’ve been taught to do.
They did the best they knew how to do.
They gave it everything they had — so far.
But, we all have areas where we can improve — get better.
Just because something can be done better, doesn’t mean it was being done wrong.
Leadership is helping people know learn the difference.