by Melissa Brunner
I'm fresh off our two-day retreat for Leadership Greater Topeka 2011! Our class spent Thursday and Friday getting to know each other and learning about different styles theories of leadership. Among the issues that kept resurfacing in our discussions was the role of conflict, not just in public discourse, but in our everyday interactions.
Many times, the word "conflict" has a negative connotation. But really, conflict is a differing opinion or a way of doing or planning a task that might be different from our own. In that respect, conflict shouldn't be discouraged, but welcomed. The challenge comes in how we handle conflict - do we let it become an obstruction or do we use to truly analyze a situation and come to an even better solution?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!