Criticism can be hard to take. And it can be hard to give in a way that is honest and constructive. No one knows that better than a leader who has to hear criticism and dispense it too.
In this IVP booklet, respected Christian leaders John W. Alexander and Stephen A. Hayner offer you what they've learned about receiving and providing criticism. They present five tips for giving criticism that is positive and productive. And along with these, they present five suggestions for hearing and responding to criticism from others.
These brief but effective suggestions will help you in a host of common situations--discussions with a spouse or family member, conversations with your boss or those you supervise, even encounters on church committees or in the grocery store. You'll discover that criticism doesn't have to hurt. Instead, it can help you grow.
1. Negative Criticism
2. Five Ways to Give Constructive Criticism
3. On the Receiving End
4. Five Ways to Receive Criticism
5. A Final Word
Questions for Reflection or Discussion