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Tomatoes and Leaders Need Careful Cultivation (and Heat)

Tomatoes and Leaders

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Without Feedback, Leaders Will Not Grow

Looking out my kitchen window this time of year, I am floored by the tangle of tomatoes weighing down the vines in the backyard garden my husband grew from seed. That man knows the fundamentals of making tomatoes thrive. Without the right amount of sun, they look anemic and never really take off; so he placed them in a spot where they'd receive indirect morning sun and a half-day blast of afternoon heat. They also need rain to grow (obviously), but not too much! The right amount of precipitation is key to the tomatoes' ability to thrive and produce. During drought he watered; other weeks, mother nature took care of it. Now we have more tomatoes than we know what to do with.

From years of research and real-world experience, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner are the master gardeners of leadership. They know the fundamental conditions required to grow great leaders. One of the critical elements they focus on in their Learning Leadership book—the heat essential for growth, so to speak—is feedback

"Without feedback you cannot grow." —Kouzes and Posner, Learning Leadership

This SlideShare does a nice job of illuminating why and how people can use feedback to become better leaders. Enjoy!


All Exemplary Leaders Listen to Feedback from Wiley

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Don't choose to wither: listen to feedback and grow!

Beth Bates

Beth Bates Beth is a writer, editor, and leadership enthusiast.