- Disappointment is a totally normal human experience and deserves its own set of talking points.
- Use this guide to help you express your disappointment to someone so that you can hopefully, find some resolution.
- Thank you for taking the time to talk to me about this.
- I wanted to let you know how I’m feeling. I’m hurt by what happened because <clearly articulate the MAIN point you are hurt by>
- When you <what they did/didn’t do>, it hurt my feelings.
- It made me feel really uncomfortable. It made me not feel seen or heard.
- While I know that you didn’t intentionally try to hur me, I want to be clear now and get your side of the story so that we can both feel heard.
- I’m not okay with what you did and I don’t want that in my life.
- I’m feeling disappointed and caught off guard with <the thing you’re disappointed about>. I’m hoping you can help me better understand the situation.
- I hope you can understand why I feel this way.
- I know you didn’t think it would be a big deal, but please understand that’s not how I’m feeling about it in this moment.
Leadership Struggles: How to Overcome Disappointment | Leadership Brown Bag
Disappointment is inevitable. However, it's our reaction to it that defines our character. You, as a leader, can react differently to disappointment than others. Likewise, how your boss reacts to lousy news says a lot about how they handle small defeats. When the significant losses come, some employees want to head for the hills to avoid their boss's reactions.