How to Respond to Criticism

Episode #031
November 15, 2013
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Podcast Episode #031

Every leader faces criticism. How you respond to that criticism typically indicates how successful you will be as a leader because some criticisms are valid—and some are not. So this week on the podcast, Jonathan and I discuss when to respond to criticism, how to respond, how to be proactive in preventing criticism. In this episode we highlight a recent blog post on the seven ways leaders can develop thicker skin. Those ways 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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