Archives For May 2012

 

“No pressure, no diamonds.” ~ Mary Case

Back in the ’70’s, researchers Kenneth Thomas and Ralph Kilmann identified five main styles of dealing with conflict. Their research showed that people typically have a preferred conflict style. But not every style works effectively in every situation.

 

As a leader ~ and most especially if you are a senior leader ~ you need to know which conflict style you tend toward most, and what the weaknesses of that style can be. And you need to work on developing the conflict styles you feel weaker in. Why? Because your dominant conflict style will likely be mirrored in the culture of the team or organization you lead. If not addressed directly, this dominant conflict style can act like a hidden virus in your cultural system, producing unhealthy team dynamics and undermining your core values.

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Please welcome my friend Craig Whitney to the blog. Craig is the Executive Director of Emerging Leadership Initiative (ELI), where he oversees ELI’s collaborative strategy for mobilizing leaders to start and multiply new churches out of the culture. Craig spent over 20 years in church ministry in roles that ranged from youth guy to church planter. He lives in Sacramento with the cutest girl in his 4th Grade Sunday School class and their two teenage children. You can learn more about Craig’s life and work at www.elichurchplanting.com, and follow him on Twitter @craiglwhitney.

At Emerging Leadership Initiative, our mission is to mobilize leaders who will raise the church up out of the culture – which causes people to ask, “What do you mean by raising the church up out of the culture?” I’m glad you asked…

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“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me ~ watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)

The rules of engagement and the definitions of success are not the same for Christian leaders as they are for leaders who do not follow Christ.

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