If you can accept criticism openly, you can use it as a tool to find success in your workplace. It is natural that constructive criticism can evoke an individual in becoming defensive. The important aspect to understand is that when you are in a defensive mode, it interferes with your ability to hear and understand what was said to you.
If you develop a reputation of becoming defensive when constructive criticism is given to you, other individuals will become reluctant or stop giving you honest feedback that can help you succeed in your position.
Constructive criticism provides you with information to help you learn and become successful in your position. Having a defensive reaction to criticism can have a negative impact on your career success.
Defensiveness can become your number one enemy in your workplace. Defensive individuals develop reputations of putting up fences and it stops individuals from providing important feedback when it is needed.
Defensiveness can cut you off from vital information and ideas that will support your success. You do not want to become an individual to whom no one wants to offer criticism.
It can lead you down a path where having a successful career becomes out of reach.
If you are finding yourself frequently becoming defensive when criticism or advice is offered to you, you can take the steps to change that behavior.
Work on your active listening skills and stop talking and listen to what someone is saying to you. If you find yourself explaining why when criticism is offered, this is the signal that you need to stop talking and listen.
When you are giving explanations to a criticism, they can be perceived as a defensive response.
The bad days
Everyone has a bad day from time to time.
This is not the opportune time to seek feedback and you probably will not accept criticism in a positive manner. Remember that you are human and have emotions just like everyone else.
If you are having a bad day and are feeling on edge, then just admit it if someone is trying to have a conversation with you that includes constructive feedback. Most individuals will accept your honesty and postpone the conversation when you are in a more receptive mood.
The people with whom you work can help you identify if you are frequently becoming defensive. Ask for advice from your colleagues on how you can eliminate and change behaviors.
Most likely all of them have had similar experiences of becoming defensive and can offer suggestions on how to keep your defensiveness under control.
Criticism should be viewed as a positive strategy for success in the workplace.
Your ability to accept criticism can be pivotal to finding your success in your workplace. Individuals who are successful have the ability to gain the support of people they interact with and view criticism as a way to gain more knowledge about issues in their workplace.
This does not happen overnight and requires you to use patience and take the necessary steps to become more aware of situations where you are displaying defensive behavior.