Question: I’m hearing a lot about the need for leaders to be more approachable. Leaders need to practice an “open door” policy. Leaders need to be less top-down. To me, establishing a level playing field is an important part of all of this. As I lead, I’ve always tried to be right there with the team. At times, this means that I help individuals carry out a tough assignment, help them get back on-track, etc. To me, leading by example is very important. I try to let people see that I am not above anyone else. My problem is that sometimes I am criticized for being too much of a worker and not enough of a supervisor. I struggle with this because I think I am doing a really good job of supervising. What do you think of my approach?
Answer: The simple answer is I like it. The more complex answer is that I’d like it a lot more if you were surrounded by like-minded others who possess a shared understanding of what you are trying to do.
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