Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - From Conflict to Courage: How to Stop Avoiding and Start Leading

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Book Review - From Conflict to Courage: How to Stop Avoiding and Start Leading

From Conflict to Courage: How to Stop Avoiding and Start Leading

About the Book
Unresolved conflict is workplace kryptonite. Learn how to develop the mindset and skills to defuse disagreements, overcome division, and turn conflict into an opportunity for growth.

Unresolved workplace conflict wastes time, increases stress, and negatively affects business outcomes. But conflict isn’t the problem, mismanagement is.

Leaders unintentionally mismanage conflict when they fall into patterns of what Marlene Chism calls “the Three As:” aggression, avoidance, and appeasing. “These coping mechanisms are ways human beings avoid the emotions that come with conflict, but in the end it’s all avoidance,” says Chism. In this book she shows how to fearlessly deal with conflict head-on by expanding your conflict capacity.

Conflict capacity is a combination of three elements. The foundation is the Inner Game—the leader’s self-awareness, values, discernment, and emotional integrity. The Outer Game is the skills, tools, and communication techniques built on that foundation. Finally, there’s Culture—the visible and invisible structures around you that can encourage or discourage conflict.

Chism offers exercises, examples, and expert guidance on developing all three elements. Leaders will discover techniques to increase leadership clarity, identify obstacles, and reduce resistance. They’ll develop powerful skills for dealing with high-conflict people and for initiating, engaging in, and staying with difficult conversations.

Readers will learn that when they see conflict as a teacher, courageously face it, and continually work on transforming themselves, they can get the resolution they are seeking. They can change minds.

Find out more about From Conflict to Courage How to Stop Avoiding and Start Leading on Amazon

My Take on the Book
It is so important to know how to manage conflict as a leader so you can get the best results possible for your own business. This book has a ton of tools and practical tips that will help all readers to be even better at their jobs. While I can say that I have had these conversations in the past, I can also say that they are not the easiest to have and through reading this book I definitely have gained more confidence in how to have these conversations and have a blueprint ready for the future as these conversations have to happen. I highly recommend this book to all!

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