If this is representative of the how the organization works, and you're committed to being successful in it, there are traditionally two ways people address this kind of culture fit.
One is by trying to learn skills that enable them to fit in better--they do a lot of small things, step-by-step, that gradually build comfort. Coaches and books can help you on this, but I'd also want to find a way to get this insight from your team. That's a very traditional approach, but will take time. Also, I see a lot of clients that have pretty much all the skills they need to handle something like this...but still can't bring themselves to do so.
Another approach is more inwards looking--what is it about your beliefs/assumptions/identity that makes this uncomfortable? How can we re-wire those? That exploration can produce very rapid shift and it's less "risky" from the outside...maybe more so, in the near-term, from the inside. The neat thing is, if it can be accomplished, the discomfort goes away right away and you'll find learning from your team something you "can't wait" to do, vs. feel like you "ought" to do.
Which of these is right depends on you. (You can probably tell that I'm the kind of person who wants to rip the bandaid right off when it's time for it to be removed...but lots of others prefer to peel it slowly and have a lower level of pain for a longer time. Both get the bandaid off!)
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