Identifying conflict in our lives and overcoming it can be highly beneficial to our happiness and wellbeing. There are many different areas of conflict that we encounter throughout the course of an average day but mainly at work. We might experience conflict with our friends and family members or we may see conflict situations arise in our work environment. At work, the conflict may be in a small group or it may be a conflict issue with the company as a whole. Often times, our areas of conflict might overlap and we allow personal issues to influence our work environment and vice-versa. Once we have identified our areas of conflict, it becomes vital that we challenge them and are able to overcome them in a constructive way.
Developing effective conflict resolution skill sets are an essential component for building a safe working environment. Unresolved conflict often results in loss of productivity, the stifling of creativity, and the creation of barriers to cooperation and collaboration. Perhaps most importantly for
leaders, good conflict resolution ability makes your workers happy. Leaders who don’t deal with conflict will eventually watch their good talent walk out the door in search of a healthier and safer work environment.