Thanks for your thought-provoking reply. My concern is whether we can do anything at all in organizations (secondary systems)not withstanding what primary systems dictate or has dictated!
While detaching from authority myself I have noticed my colleagues trying to remind me in many ways about the authority. I am adopting a communication style which has traces of conventional authority in it as it helps to prevent this kind of an authority-vacuum in relationships. But I am afraid that this is slowing down the process of reducing authority at workplace.
I am also trying to make my colleagues at other levels of management give up or reduce the authority in interpersonal transactions. This proves to be tougher than others!
I have proved many a times that I am vulnerable and fallible like others and yet my colleagues do not seem to be liking it. They seem to be looking for someone who will not make mistakes. I am trying to tell them that mistakes are natural to a learning process and that there is no need to look at it as a crime.
The tussle is on. I have started OB workshops for my colleagues (next below two levels) trying to bring changes in the style of interpersonal relations of my colleagues. For the remaining levels, I am using communication tools including often rhetorical discussions!
I am interested to hear further from you as at present ability to inquire and reflect are my only assets. I am committed to what I am doing. Performances have improved in the organization but interpersonal relations at other levels are yet to become more positive so that the workplace can be free of fear and suspicion.
Looking forward to hear from you!
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