Successful bosses maintain communication with 360 feedback

While the age-old saying might be, “It’s a fine line between love and hate,” there is a similar one that holds true in the working world. There is a fine line between success and failure, especially if leadership teams do not take care to keep open communication with their employees.

The technology and business blog Inc. recently described how managers and company leaders can ensure that they take the right measures to bring out the best in each employee, which will help push the business forward as a whole.

For example, it’s important for bosses to be straightforward rather than elusive. Being vague will not help anyone, while precise instruction can help workers complete projects efficiently. Additionally, 360 feedback will help this process. Employees will be given well-rounded appraisals and instruction on how they can further improve. While a standard performance review might gloss over certain areas, 360 coaching allows leaders to be straightforward and encourage team members to work more effectively.

“Failed bosses tried to manipulate employees using half-truths that left false impressions,” the article said. “When employees realized they’ve been fooled, they felt resentful and disloyal. “Successful bosses gave employees the information they need to know to make the best decisions, even if that information is difficult or sensitive.”

It’s also a necessity to remain calm and not overreact or blow up when things do not go according to plan. Ill-tempered leaders might instill a fear of success in employees. Rather than remain eager to achieve a goal, they could become too wary of their bosses’ possible negative reaction if success does not occur.

A 360 assessment allows managers and company leaders to work with employees. Instead of just talking at them, this process lets both parties provide input on how a worker can stay successful in areas they are already strong and how to spread that positive growth to other aspects of productivity.

Larry Cipolla