Conflict avoidance never works

By Steve Keating via stevekeating.me   Article

Proactive Leadership

“Reactive leaders seldom seem to fair very well, proactive leaders on the other hand often do very very well.

Proactive leaders do not do the slow burn. They compassionately and quickly confront problems and mistakes before there is a danger of an explosion. They understand that conflict is a necessity of leadership. They don’t shy away from pointing out mistakes and offering suggestions in order to ‘keep the peace.’

Proactive leaders would prefer to celebrate a noisy disheveled success rather than mourn a quiet and orderly failure.

To lead effectively you must be willing to risk upsetting a few people for a short time. The alternative is to upset a whole lotta people for a very long time. One scenario has the chance of leading to eventual success, the other is a pretty darn direct path to failure.

Conflict avoidance doesn’t work, it never works. I don’t often recommend using the word never but in this case I’ll even repeat it.

Conflict avoidance never works.

The best time to coach your people is in the moment a coaching opportunity presents itself. If you’re truly a leader you’ll be prepared for that moment and you’ll be proactive in preventing the identical opportunity from presenting itself a second, or third, or fourth time.

Proactive leaders get in front of problems and mistakes before the problems get in front of them. After all, it’s called ‘leading’ for a reason.”

 

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