“Nearly all men stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” — Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its greatest constitutional, military, and moral crisis—the American Civil War—preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, strengthening the national government and modernizing the economy. Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was self-educated, and became a country lawyer.

I think Lincoln was called honest Abe for a reason. He always held true to his beliefs and stuck to them like glue. Lincoln really had a tough life. He lost children when they were young; he lost his first wife to fever and many other hard ships. He always seemed to persevere. He taught himself law, and got the emancipation proclamation passed. Lincoln empowered many. He was liked by many and obviously disliked by those with slaves.

This is really an interesting quote. I had a hard time finding a quote to fit this topic. I chose this quote from Lincoln because feedback is meant to help someone improve or to empower them to do better. I am amazed at what society teaches, that feedback is meant to be critical and negative. We would rather down trodden a person than lift them up. A great leader can see the good in people. A great leader can re-kindle the fire within someone and help them to be better. When I think of ways that I have been taught to give feedback they have always been kind and respectful.

Here are some tips to use when giving feedback. These tips will help empower those you influence.

– Use a moderate tone of voice
– Be genuine and concerned
– Show an interest in what they are doing
– Give positive feedback to the things they are doing right
– Be direct and straight forward in correcting the individual
– Do not rely on not factual stories, simply state the facts

If you remember my statement before that you are always training your replacement. You may find the individuals that you spend the most time giving positive feedback are the ones you are training as your replacement

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