John the Baptist was discouraged. The imprisoned forerunner to Jesus was unable to personally witness Jesus at work. He begin to have doubts as to if Jesus truly was the Messiah. So he sent his disciples to ask the Lord, “Are You the One who is come, or should we look for someone else?” It was an honest question from a godly prophet.
Luke 7:22--He replied to them, “Go and report to John the things you have seen and heard: The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, those with skin diseases are healed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor are told the good news.
Jesus recognized John’s situation and kindly gave his followers a report they could take back to their beloved leader. This is an apt reminder of why feedback is an important part of leadership. Strong leaders give and receive feedback:
1. So the team is clear regarding the vision and its accomplishment.
2. To build relationships and inclusion as teammates feel current on what is happening.
3. So assumptions, confusion and misunderstandings are cleared up.
4. To motivate and encourage each person in their role and performance.
5. So course corrections or adjustments in attitude or performance can be made.
6. To ensure active, productive listening is valued and constant.
7. So continued learning takes place that may prove useful in the present and the future.
8. To ensure the organization is healthy by soliciting and honoring viewpoints.
9. So as to make correct decisions and proper coordination.
10. To become better leaders.
Many organizations mandate annual reviews where feedback is given. Strong leaders are much more intentional and frequent in giving and receiving feedback. They don’t make reporting a calendar item but rather a situational necessity. The health of any team is improved by the application of clear, timely and thoughtful feedback.
John was not part of Jesus’ team of 12 disciples. Jesus was not obligated to answer His cousin’s fears. But as the world’s strongest leader, He set the example by specifically responding to John—thus validating his life’s mission. His thoughtful reply is a reminder to us of why feedback is important and necessary.
As healthy and accurate as assumptions can be, they can be equally dysfunctional and delusional. It can reach the point where reality is only how we see it. We need eachother to balance our context. We need feedback.—Chris Schafer and Brent Carter in Intrepid Professionals
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)