It’s important to be proud of the work you do. I've worked in a lot of different industries; publishing, tech and policy before I came to FutureGov. It's always been work that I've been really proud of. If I'm not proud of the work anymore, or I can't see the value that it provides for others, I won’t do it. That's how I motivate myself and how I look for roles and responsibilities that really vibe with me.

When it comes to leadership, I identify with the element of delivery management that's about servant leadership. I'm not always the person that speaks first, nor do I want to be. I want people who don't feel like they can speak or advocate for themselves or make themselves known, to feel comfortable doing so. So 1:1s and team time are pretty sacred to me.

I want to be here to support my team in the way they need, and everyone on the team is going to need it differently and that might change over time. I want them to be as honest as they want to be about what they need.

I’m not sure about ‘bringing your whole self to work’, because it puts a lot of weight on people to either share more than they're comfortable with or put on a version of themselves. And we all do, whether we want to admit it or not.

But I want someone to feel like they can bring different elements of themselves to their work and with me as a line manager or leader. I want them to feel like they can be as honest with me as they want to be or maybe even a little more honest than they want to be - but in a way that makes them feel comfortable.

Eva O'Brien is the Head of Delivery Management and joined FutureGov in May 2019.

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