Open-Mindedness, Humility and Courage - Leadership Necessities

3 Final Leadership Competencies for the Mid-year Performance Review

you been taking stock of what’s needed to deliver your mid-year reviews? If you’ve been following us this month, it’s time to wrap up the six key competencies required to conduct effective reviews.

  • Open-mindedness
  • Humility and transparency
  • Leadership courage


This competency pertains to receiving feedback and requires a leadership mindset. The performance review process is a two-way communication process with you and your team members. Your employee will likely have responses to your feedback which creates an opportunity for open-mindedness on your part. Your role is to listen to the feedback, seek to understand and determine the appropriate response. The goal is to keep your employee motivated with the constructive as well as the positive feedback. If you’ve ever played sports, think of the way a coach can teach a player to improve their swing with helpful techniques and tips.

Humility and Transparency

The essence of humility is the act of showing your employees your human-ness. This happens when you genuinely show vulnerability. Share examples of your own mistakes as a leader and what you learned. Transparency is all about being honest with your employee about their strengths and about their opportunities to grow. These competencies build trust in your relationships.

Leadership Courage

This competency separates the true leaders from the managers. Sharing a balance of both positive and negative feedback takes effective communication skills and courage. Courage to do the right thing for your employees. Courage to speak your truth about their contributions year to date. Courage to tell them feedback they might not want to hear. Courage to praise them for how far they've come in their role. Courage is how you, as a leader help grow other leaders, using the six competencies exercised in effective performance feedback:

  1. Effective communication skills
  2. Giving feedback and receiving feedback
  3. Motivating others
  4. Results orientation
  5. Critical thinking skills
  6. Open mindedness
  7. Humility and transparency
  8. Leadership Courage

Are you prepared to ensure your team members are poised to achieve ALL their objectives for 2019? When they are performing to your organization’s best standards, you both win! If you want a few more tips for your mid-year review sessions, please contact me.