file6031262573430Conflict gets a bad rap. Sometimes even just saying the word “conflict” is enough to make people squirm.

But in fairness to the dynamic, here are 7 potential BENEFITS of conflict, courtesy of Becoming a Conflict Competent Leader, by Craig E. Runde and Tim A. Flanagan:

  1. Conflict can stimulate creativity and problem-solving
  2. Conflict can foster teamwork and improve social relations
  3. Conflict can encourage listening and perspective-taking
  4. Conflict can promote reflective thinking and open communications
  5. Conflict can identify important information about people and situations
  6. Conflict can signal that changes are necessary in relationships or the organization
  7. Conflict can provide the means for expressing emotions which can ultimately clear the air and reduce tension

So take that, conflict-haters. Conflict can be a GOOD thing!

Want to learn more about how competent YOU are with conflict? Read take the Conflict  Dynamics Profile (CDP) assessment and then read my Becoming More Conflict Competent: A Leadership Development Tutorial.

You’ll be glad you did!
Conflict Dynamics Profile - CDP

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