The Must-Have Trait for LeadersFriday, October 17, 2014
If you're the first to always throw cold water on ideas — either yours or those belonging to others — it's time to stop and seriously ask yourself why.
I don't advocate giving false praise or telling everyone their idea is fantastic when it's not. There is, however, a serious difference between giving warranted, beneficial feedback that someone may not want to hear and shutting down an idea before it even has a chance to start.
Getting into a pattern of throwing ideas out before listening to or examining them is toxic. Keeping an open mind is something that the best leaders and the most creative artists have in common.
Originally published June 2012