Interpersonal Leadership: Communication
“Disclosure: Responsive Feedback” (SL#48)
by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., adapted from SkillTrack® 7.3 - Interpersonal Communication

  1. Clearly, communication takes place when there is a cycle of disclosure and feedback. Disclosure takes place when you let someone else know what you are thinking, feeling, wanting, intending. Feedback, our major point here, is your responding to disclosure to you from others. Example:

    Responsive feedback is of primary importance in developing effective interpersonal communication. It should be a continuous part of the communication loop--not just a specific closing function of a conversation. How are you doing? “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.”--Rick Tate

    This article builds on David W. Johnson’s definition in Reaching Out: “Feedback--disclosing how you are perceiving and reacting to another person’s behavior to provide him or her with constructive information to help the person become aware of the effectiveness of his or her actions.”

    Johnson also discusses five alternative ways that we can listen and respond (feedback) to another person; each of the ways could be helpful to another person’s gaining insight and solving problems (pp. 196-233).

  2. Interpersonal Feedback Patterns
    From the experience and study of many, here are some positive feedback patterns to learn and practice.
  3. For Reflection/Assessment/Application

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Adapted by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., Founding Director, Moench Center for Church Leadership