Use these practical examples of phrases, sample comments and templates for your performance review, 360 feedback survey or manager appraisal. 

The following examples not only relate to leadership but also supervision, managerial style, caring about direct reports, command skills, confronting direct reports, delegation skills, developing direct reports, fairness to direct reports, managerial courage, managing measurable work and generally being an exceptional leader.

Example Phrases to say:

You’re doing great”:

  • You do a great job at leading by example. You’re someone others want to follow.Well done!

  • You often place others needs before your own. This is great to becoming an effective leader, as you focus on the development of others rather than your own. Great work!!

  • You do a great job at providing the necessary structure, direction, and feedback to all your employees. Well done!

  • You’re really good at recognizing and rewarding staff achievements.

  • you have no problem allowing staff to assume responsibility for their actions, often encouraging them to take calculated risks.
  • You fully engage when listening to someone speak. You give your full attention by maintaining eye contact, nodding your head and often smiling. I really enjoy conversing with you.
  • You create a culture of mutual trust and caring by always acting with integrity, accountability and transparency. Well done.
  • You’re really good at being able to transform our strategic vision into attainable action plans.
  • You respect others and others in the highest regard. This makes it really for you to earn the respect of others. Well done!
  • You often hold yourself accountable for your staff performances. This can be good, however it may also prevent your staff members learning from their mistakes.

You should think of improvement”:

  • You tend to isolate yourself quite often. Try engage more with the team or be more approachable.
  • Remember it’s ok to take negative actions sometimes, not every decision is going to be liked by everyone. Making a decision is better then letting tasks linger without an end result.
  • As a manager, it is expected that you be decisive. Try be the one who ultimately makes the decision
  • You tend to use your position as way of dominating and intimidating others. Try put yourself in your employees shoes to understand ways of being less domineering and arrogant.
  • You seem to struggle with communicating to your thoughts to your direct reports. If you struggle with this try set up one on one meetings to discuss how you could improve.
  • being self conscious about what people say or think may not be conducive to making decisions or making a stand. Remember not everyone is thinking about you as much as you think they are. Try accept who you are.
  • You tend to give to much work to other team members and you end up not having enough work for yourself to do. Maybe delegate what you feel is the most important work to yourself before delegating other work.
  • You seem to have a manager style that instills fear in your employes. Try be less hostile and accepting of others.
  • You often allow employees to much room for excuses. try adopt more of hardline approach you think they are not performing
  • setting high expectations can be good, but if these expectations are not attainable don’t expect to always see results. Try lower the bar a bit and gradually get to the result you wish.

Tips to improve”:

  • If an opportunity presents itself, try network at much as possible. Building key alliances could be vital for the business well being.
  • Try identify and partner with the key business stakeholders of the company. Could lead to greater things for your department.
  • Communicating with other departments is important to the development of the company as a whole. Try cross pollinate your communication so you get a really good sense of what's going at the company as a whole.
  • Try encourage and nurture an environment of trust and respect amongst your team mates. If the budget allows it, try take them out on team building activities.
  • Encourage ideas by inspiring your team members to be more innovative and engaging.
  • Make people want to seek your advice about matters concerning them. Become the leader people feel comfortable with.
  • Learning others people’s leadership preferences and adjusting your leadership style to them can be important for their personal development.
  • You need to appreciate that things can be accomplished in many different ways. if the goals are accomplished, it doesn't matter how they get there.
  • You have a fantastic work effort and people often wonder how you get to spend time on the things you love in your personal life. Try balance your work hours with
  • When you see leadership opportunities in the industry or at charity events, try put your skills to good use and volunteer for these events.

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