360 Feedback and Coaching

What is 360 feedback?

We all need feedback. It helps us to clarify our strengths, understand the impact we’re having on those around us, and identify areas we may want to develop further. But getting useful, balanced feedback isn’t always easy. That’s where 360 feedback comes in: it is a structured process which enables us to compare our self-perception with the observations of our colleagues by using a common rating system – typically, how frequently we exhibit certain behaviours.

Of course, we all modify our behaviour to some degree depending on the circumstances and the audience. For that reason, 360 feedback is sought from a broad range of professional colleagues and collaborators, e.g. our team and students, co-workers at a similar level, managers and senior colleagues, peers and collaborators at other organisations, and so on. It is this sense of taking a comprehensive view – looking 360 degrees around – which explains the name. And it is why 360 feedback is different from traditional appraisal, which tends to prioritise just the line manager’s assessment.

“My 360 feedback and review were incredibly helpful. I gained many important insights that will help shape and progress my research career.”


Why do 360 feedback?

360 feedback is very commonly used in leadership development. Because leadership is, in many ways, even more about supporting people than it is managing tasks, it is important to be aware of how others perceive our behaviours and impact. It can help us to reflect on some crucial questions.

  • What do we do which others find useful?
  • What could we do more of?
  • What do we do which others aren’t noticing?
  • Are our behaviours having any unintended impacts on our colleagues?

We don’t always have to accept others’ perceptions as if they were straightforward ‘truth’ – lots of factors can influence why two people might perceive the same situation differently – but it is true that the knowledge gained from 360 feedback gives us choices.

About the 360 Programme

We have designed and tested a bespoke 360 Feedback and Coaching Programme based on our Fellows Leadership Model. The leadership attributes and behaviours which will be assessed are those that we believe Fellows will be demonstrating, or will aspire to demonstrate, during their fellowship.

Download the Leadership Model [PDF]

You will benefit from:

  • a professional and robust process whereby you receive valuable perspectives and feedback on your leadership in a research context
  • an opportunity to learn about unknown strengths to harness, or blind spots that may be holding you back
  • a professional report containing detailed analysis of your feedback
  • a free, confidential 90-min coaching session with a professional coach experienced at working with researchers.

We believe the experience will be extremely useful for you to prioritise your development needs for the remainder of your Fellowship programme. At the same time, our Network Project Board will be able to look at aggregated anonymised data in order to see where, as a group, you have development needs. This means that we can continue to tailor our training and events to your needs.

You will also have the opportunity to repeat the 360 feedback process in two years’ time, so that you can see where and how you have developed, and what your next development needs are.

Graphical representation of the Future Leaders Fellows Leadership Model
Future Leaders Fellows Leadership Model