Sometimes you don't know what you're missing until someone tells you.
Today, someone who is 10 years older gave me a few pointers on how to improve. Her honesty was so helpful that I immediately decided to make changes. I don't get that type of feedback often, people just say nice things and pass by; so, this type of reaction stood out!
The value of a trusted influence can dramatically change your effectiveness. Her ability to be honest and "tell it how it is" will make me a much better leader. Let's ask for real feedback, not the kind of feedback that will make us look good, but the kind of feedback that will make us better.