Prior to the Masters Golf Tournament an unscientific poll was taken that found Bubba Watson to be the PGA Tour golfer that other pros would be least likely to help in a parking lot fight. The poll was attempting to identify the least-liked male professional golfer.
When Bubba was asked what he thought of the outcome of the poll his response was: “I take it as I need to improve as a man,” he said. “It’s a challenge. It’s great. I’m glad that it came out, and it’s going to help me improve. So if it’s a bad thing, and people don’t like me, then I’ve got to improve and prove them wrong.”
At North Group we don’t try to help companies discover who is least liked. What we do help leaders with, at times, is discovering how others view their leadership abilities. And, it can be an intimidating experience.
I once had a mentor suggest that whenever I am tempted to discount negative comments someone offers me, I should look for the grain of truth that exists.
Are you open to feedback about yourself that might feel negative? Or, do you allow your ego to stand in the way of self-improvement?