Did you know that Conflict Management is a competency that you can develop? We define the Conflict Management competency as, "understanding, addressing and resolving conflict constructively." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Conflict Management?
With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.
Those with a highly developed skill of Conflict Management exhibit the following:
Behaviorally, it comes more naturally and requires less focus for some of us to manage conflict effectively. For the rest of us, it is a skill we may need to invest energy into developing in order to be more effective. Our Driving Forces will reward for some skills and not others. If your job or your environment demands something from you that isn't naturally present in your Behaviors or Driving Forces, you can develop it in your Competencies.
What about you? How developed are you at the competency of Conflict Management? What about the people on your team? Is this something you want your team to be strong in?