How to Deal with Criticism

October 16, 2015
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Classic Episode

This week, Jonathan is on vacation, and I recently returned from a speaking engagement in the Rocky Mountains. So we bring to you a classic episode of Rainer on Leadership on how to handle criticism. We will be back with new episodes next week.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Criticism comes in a variety of forms, but it comes to everyone who is a leader.
  • A habit of praying for critics helps you see the other side of issues better.
  • The more transparent you are as a leader, the better you will be able to deal with critics.
  • Criticism is typically blown out of proportion. The vast majority usually appreciate and support their leaders.
  • Unfortunately we don’t always have the ability to know the perspective of a critic, so their criticism can be hard to understand.
  • Every leader needs different types of confidants.

The seven tips we discuss about how to deal with criticism are:

  1. Don’t take most of the criticisms personally.
  2. Pray for the critic.
  3. Develop a winsome spirit.
  4. Be a transparent leader.
  5. Pray for your own attitude.
  6. Focus on the majority.
  7. Look in the mirror.

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