‘CONFLICT IN LEADERSHIP’ By Mitchell Odhiambo

Offence is common where human beings are brought together to meet an objective. There is bound to be conflict and people crossing one another. However,...


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Offence is common where human beings are brought together to meet an objective. There is bound to be conflict and people crossing one another. However, what makes the difference is how we respond and how we manage each situation. There is often a difference in how men and women approach matters.

I’ve seen different scenarios this year that I will highlight in my article. In one of the projects I was working on, I noticed how differently men and women dealt with conflict. Men are factual and are willing to engage objectively, brutish sometimes and often upfront. Women on the other hand, are emotional in their approach. They warp emotions onto most of what they involve themselves in.

Which begs the question; what then is the best approach? How do you resolve differences in your teams when you have a mix of both men and women? What is the best approach to resolve such differences? I explore one approach below.

As dictated in the 21 laws of leadership by John Maxwell, the law of the lid is sound and resolute and I will encourage all leaders to read the book. If you can get a handle on this law, you will see the incredible impact of leadership in every aspect of life.

So here is an excerpt; leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. The lower an individual’s ability to lead, the lower the lid on his potential. The higher the individual’s ability to lead, the higher the lid on his potential. If your leadership rates at an 8, then your effectiveness can never be greater than a 7. If your leadership is only a 4, then your effectiveness will be no higher than a 3. Your leadership ability – for better or for worse – always determines your effectiveness and the potential impact on your organization.

Until we speak again, I am your host Mitchell Odhiambo. Welcome to a man’s world . To get a  female perspective on this, read Mercy’s post HERE

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