11. Stay open to feedback instead of responding defensively.
In one study, defensive leaders were rated as less effective by their managers on measures including communication and ability to meet business objectives. "Defending" involves being closed-minded when challenged or given critical feedback.
Resist the temptation to respond to feedback right away, and always remain open to the possibility of improvement.
16. Be aware of gender biases that can creep into performance reviews.
Managers are more likely to describe women as "aggressive" in performance reviews, compared to men. Meanwhile, a study found that men are more likely to hear that their communication style is too soft.
One solution is to be clear and consistent about the criteria on which employees are evaluated, like for example how aggressively they communicate.