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Belonging Incompetence and Leadership

To offer employees a home and a feeling of belonging is not so easily achieved by managers who, themselves, have a fear of belonging. Often, a general fear of emotions goes with it. Usually they have difficulties feeling bonded with other people and they have achieved their position as a result of technical competences. They tend to have a ‘machine image’ of working teams and unconsciously try to work against the formation of a functioning group. They often expect a pure fulfilment of duties, see mistakes as inexcusable and social maintenance functions as a waste of time. You should simply do your work. Because of this, employees feel as if they are easily replaceable and are viewed in this way by the boss, too. Protection strategies against mistakes, therefore, quickly rule the working day. Nobody wishes to be the scapegoat, which managers, who fear belonging, often seek.

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