The fear of criticism robs a person of initiative, destroys their power of imagination, limits individuality, and takes away self-reliance.
Criticism will plant the fear or resentment in the heart. It suppresses building love or affection.
It takes a long time for leaders to build their staff’s desire to provide discretionary effort. As a leader, we can rob a staff members of their desire to provide extra discretionary effort within in seconds. Everybody has a fear of criticism at some level (yes even us). Excessive fear of criticism is important for managers to spot so they can adapt their communication style to not trigger.
- Self-consciousness – Expressed through nervousness, timidity in conversation and in meeting strangers. Shifting of the eyes.
- Lack Of poise – Expressed through lack of voice control and nervousness with others. Poor memory
- Weak Personality – lacking in firmness of decision and opinions. Avoiding issues head on. Agreeing with all the others without exploring all solutions
- Inferiority Complex – Using big words to impress others. Imitating others in dress, speech and manners. Boasting of imaginary achievements. Illusionary appearance of superiority
- Extravagance – Keeping up with the Jones’s
- Lack Of Initiative – Failure to embrace opportunities for self-advancement. Fear to express opinions. Lack of confidence in own ideas. Giving evasive answers. Deceit in words and actions
- Lack Of Ambition – Mental and physical laziness. Lack of self-assertion. Slow at reaching decisions. Criticizing others behind their backs. Lack of tact. Unwilling to accept blame.