I was sharing some feedback on a teammate recently and was trying to articulate what made them special. I realized it was their ability to be both plainspoken and constructive.
It is wonderful when people around us are plainspoken. It means we are in an environment that fosters the care and authenticity required to be so.
But, when they combine being plainspoken with constructiveness, the ensuing collaboration and positive momentum is irresistible.
(H/T Deb Liu for a great post on being plainspoken)