Welcome to Friday! Let’s remember the challenge of the week: Label your conflicts before they label you.
Did you find that it was too much brain power before the conflict? Did you find it useful? Did things become less personal and more solvable?
As mentioned on Monday, the last thing you want is for something to become personal when it’s not. Did you notice if the tension in the work placed eased a bit? Maybe the result wasn’t immediate. Honestly there will be very few things that show mind-blowing pivotal results within the same day and possibly the same week of your performance. However, leadership is rarely about short term gains. It’s about sacrifice for the bigger picture and long term dividends. Reflect on the long term dividends that come with conflict resolution. To name a few I’ve seen in this field: greater respect from peers and team members, more rewarding days at work, a lessened sense of dread starting the work week, and, in my view, most of all, the foundational increase of trust that comes from the ability to be open and courageous enough address tough topics.
These challenges you come up against are the best way to help you continue and build your leadership.
Remember, leadership leaves a legacy. It takes more than a month of reading to build, and only a few unresolved conflicts to lose.