The relationship between leaders and team members is a key driver of individual growth and development. Consider the following concepts and tips regarding development-focused conversations using an assessment report with your team.
Have the right mindset. Whether providing feedback or engaging in a conversation about a team member’s future, your goal must be to be helpful. Having this goal will lead to a positive, constructive outcome. This is absolutely necessary. Have optimism and cultivate a desire to see the other person succeed.
You know you’re in the right mindset if you can answer “yes” to each of the following questions.
Be curious. Before getting right to asking what they learned and what they are going to do differently, take some time to get to know the person better. In order to figure out how to help someone, it is necessary to determine where they want and need to go. Spend at several minutes figuring this out and “setting the stage.” Be curious about THEM. Consider some of the following prompts:
Ask for Specifics. As you start to discuss the reflection and action questions, ask for specific examples around their perception of what they read and learned about themselves. Here are some helpful prompts: