Few people put "Getting bad news" on their list of favorite things. On the other hand, who doesn't like to receive good news? Truth is, though, bad news can really be good news -- and quite helpful -- when you're a leader who needs all the facts to make wise decisions. A number of verses in from Proverbs concur:
Proverbs 15:31. If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise.
Proverbs 17:10. A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool.
Proverbs 19:25. If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson; if you correct the wise, they will be all the wiser.
Proverbs 27:5-6. An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.
People often shelter leaders from bad news, and that’s a recipe for disaster. Read “Why Successful People Love Bad News” and learn how to cultivate an atmosphere that invites honesty when bad news arrives.
How do you handle bad news?
Are people around you comfortable communicating bad news to you?