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What is your reflection on the impact of your behaviour on your team?
Joris: Since I have been in a position that people ‘report’ to me, I have come to accept that it was expected of me to have a consultation hour every day. Maybe not every day, but at least every other day people would be at my desk requesting decisions. The most common phrases were ‘is it ok if’, ‘I have a problem’ or ‘can you decide’. Being new as a supervisor or manager I accepted this as part of the job.
Obviously my team members weren’t to blame, firstly they believed what that they did was the way things were done, secondly they were responding to my and probably my predecessors behaviour. Although it is contrary to my authentic style of leadership, I had grown used to disturbing the natural flow in my team with questions about status, costs and risks. Naturally this leads to conservative and cautious culture in the team.