“MANAGING CONFLICT”

The world is the stage for conflict today.

Nations are in conflict in all parts of the world.  They are in conflict over power struggles, religious beliefs, and customs just to name a few areas.  Homes and families are in conflict because the leaders of those homes fail to train their children the rights and wrongs necessary to live in today’s world.  Conflict is rampant in many businesses and/or work places due to the  lack of strong leadership.  Our children go to school each day unprepared to deal with the conflicts they face.  Our governments are in a state of confusion due to this same lack of leadership.  These are just some of the examples of the conflicts we face each day.

ME and I get in the way of both leadership and those being led and the result is conflict.  The result of this is confusion, lack of confidence, and depression.

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I read proverbs each morning to start my day.  It works out great for me because there are 31 Proverbs and I can read one each day.  Of course, I have to read more than one on the last day of February and the months that only have 30 days.  The following is a lesson from THE MAXWELL LEADERSHIP BIBLE:

“MASTER COMMUNICATION AND YOU MANAGE CONFLICT”

God rightly expects leaders to manage conflict within their organization.  But how can you best accomplish that?

A good place to start is Proverbs 15:1–yet while we often quote this verse, we seldom practice it.  Sometimes only the leaders are given liberty to express anger, and sooner or later this kind of unhealthy environment comes back to haunt them.  Leaders must create safe places for communication.  Master communication and you manage conflict.  Look at the first seven verses of Proverbs 15 and note its counsel about managing conflict.

1.  Remain calm and gentle when confronting conflict, and your example will become contagious (V.1).

2.  Speak wisely, making sure your information is truthful and accurate (v.2).

3.  Remember, God is the ultimate Judge and will execute justice (v.3).

4.  Use your words to foster healing; fix the problem, not the blame (v.4).

5.  Stay teachable; be open to correction and quick to apologize when wrong (v.5)

6.  Add value to everyone who contacts you, even when you disagree (v.6).

7.  Speak words that spread knowledge and understanding (v.7).

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2 Responses to ““MANAGING CONFLICT””

  1. pam burrows Says:

    great words of wisdom…i want to learn…

  2. Debbie Black Says:

    Love this word!!!!

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