Gathering 360 Feedback? Two Things You Should Know

For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on 360 feedback the image a hand writing with the words 360 feedback on the right.

360 feedback is a commonly used tool to help individuals gain insight into their strengths and weaknesses. However, not all 360 feedback is created equal.

First and foremost, it is important to understand the purpose of the 360 feedback. If it is being used for performance evaluations, the feedback may be less honest and transparent due to concerns about potential consequences. On the other hand, if the feedback is being used for developmental purposes, it is more likely to be accurate and insightful.

Secondly, it is crucial to ensure the anonymity and confidentiality of the individuals providing the feedback, particularly when feedback is being given upward to a manager or leader. Establishing clear guidelines and safeguards to protect the identity of those providing feedback can encourage greater honesty and transparency.

As an executive leadership coach, I believe that 360 feedback can be a powerful tool for personal and professional growth, but only when used appropriately. It is important to work with a coach or consultant who understands the nuances of this type of feedback and can help guide individuals and organizations to use it effectively.

Read more here on how to avoid surprises when giving feedback surveys

Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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