Leadership & Teamwork: Honesty Hurts but Blunt Burns Forever
by Kate Nasser |
Civility has slipped in the business world. 43% of Americans report incivility in the workplace and it’s clear that bluntness is rampant online.
Those that are blunt claim that it isn’t wrong — it’s honest and authentic. Not true. Blunt is a choice of delivery with serious consequences.
One scientist told me that they sacrifice civility to ensure good science. Yet I have witnessed many serious scientists posing tough honest questions while treating each other with respect.
What’s the difference?
Honesty may hurt for a bit but blunt burns forever!
The impact on leadership and teamwork.
Leaders and teams soar with respectful honesty.
- They labor hard under the burn of bluntness.
Honest respectful feedback breaks invisible barriers. It fuels totally unforeseen greatness.
- Blunt criticism leaves an emotional scar that tamps the desire to take a chance or fuels the desire to react in kind. Both of these reactions sidetrack greatness.
Honesty opens the door of leadership and teamwork to discussion, sharing, and growth.
- Bluntness slams it shut.
Honesty is more powerful than blunt communication. Honesty is served on a cushion of respect that eases hearing and acceptance.
Without the emotion of bluntness, honesty can be heard purely for its message.
Leadership, teamwork, and career success take on new dimensions when honesty is given and received. Bluntness has no such power.
Which will you choose?
From my experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™
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