I inherited a team 9 months ago. My style is to work alongside my team (and help them set goals + priorities) versus use fear, dictate, or break their confidence.
A member of my team is a year older than me, newer to the field, but an expert on her project. I am a Director, and my manager is the VP. I've definitely noticed that she shows more effort for projects that involve her. Since the VP managed her for 3 months, before I took on the team, it took awhile for her to break the habit of going to the VP, and I had to correct that behavior.
Recently she did not turn in a strategic project proposal by my requested deadline, though it was clearly communicated, and we had a midway checkin. It felt disrespectful, and I immediately thought it was unlike her to be disorganized, and wondered if it was because, this was a project for me, and not one she brainstormed on her own.
How do I present myself as a strong leader, while not losing my approachable and friendly style? This is the only individual on the team of 7 women, that I am struggling with.