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Is Your Leadership Conflict Healthy?

Sometimes leaders avoid conflict; they run from it, they don’t value it, and they lose the benefit it brings to organizations and teams.

Some leaders prefer not to be challenged, not to be questioned, and for conflict to be absent in their culture. This mentality generally results when a manager is at the helm or the dictator mindset has taken root.

Conflict can be great, disagreements can be awesome, and healthy conflict can be the secret sauce to a successful organization.

The most important aspect of utilizing conflict is creating a culture where conflict is valued, and, at the end of the day, everyone walks out the door as a unified team.

If your organization is without healthy conflict, your organization is not at its best.

Great leaders value and use conflict to the advantage of the organization. Managers and timid leaders avoid conflict, therefore avoiding their organization reaching its maximum potential.

The more you embrace conflict, the less conflict you will actually have.

The more you avoid conflict the more behind the scenes, back-biting, timid, passive-aggressive, underground, negative, dictatorship conflict you will have … the conflict will exist, simply in an unhealthy manner.

Conflict is great; a culture of healthy conflict is greater.

What do you think?  

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Scott Williams served as a key leader and Campus Pastor for LifeChurch.tv. He is the Chief Solutions Officer for Nxt Level Solutions, a consulting company he founded to help businesses, non-profits and individuals with both internal and external growth. Scott is speaker, strategist, consultant and developer of leaders. He is an avid blogger at BigIsTheNewSmall.com, and leverages Social Media to make a Kingdom impact. Scott is passionate about leadership development, organizational growth and diversity. He is the author of “Church Diversity – Sunday The Most Segregated Day Of The Week.” Scott is married, a father of two, and lives in Oklahoma City, OK.