What do leaders recall about their multisource feedback?

James W. Smither, Joan F. Brett, Leanne E. Atwater

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We examined 145 leaders' recall of their multisource feedback (MSF) 9 months after receiving the feedback. Leaders recalled more strengths than weaknesses, but these memories had only a small relationship with the actual feedback received. Leaders were more likely to recall feedback related to their consideration of employees and performance orientation than feedback related to developing and recognizing employees, and they were more likely to recall feedback from supervisors and direct reports than peers. Self versus other rating discrepancies were unrelated to recall, and recall of MSF was not related to subsequent improvement in MSF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-218
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 2008


  • Multisource feedback
  • Performance management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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