8 Basic Characteristics of Conflict

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8 Basic Characteristics of Conflict8 Basic Characteristics of Conflict

What are the characteristics of conflict?

Conflicts are a reality!

Any organization that is experiencing conflict within the team has a choice.  Conflict can destroy the group, or this can be an opportunity to create a new direction for the team.

Dealing with the characteristics of conflict calls for the team to increase communication, become tolerant to differences and focus on working together for success.  The choice is up to the team!

Here are eight characteristics of conflict:

1.  Conflict does not just appear.  Conflict evolves. conflict-evolves

2.  Conflict is like a virus when it appears it begins to spread like crazy.

3.  Conflicts are bred by differing values.

4.  Conflict is energized through opposing interests.

5.  Conflict is fueled by poor communications.

6.  Conflict intensifies when trust breaks down.

7.  Conflict is festered by incompatible goals.

8. Conflicts are encouraged by differing personalities.

Understanding these characteristics of conflict can help any team leader in establishing a strong team.  If a conflict can be seen for its positive results, it will aid any leader and his or her team.

Conflict can be energizing for a group when it forces people out of their comfort zones.  Conflict can introduce diversity.  Diversity can be seen as a wealth of information if handled in a healthy fashion.  So, once again, conflict can destroy or conflict can grow your team!  The choice is yours.

Quotes About Conflict That Can Help

Here are some great quotes about the causes of conflict that can help deal with unrest in your business, charity group, volunteer organization or church!

Ronald Regan once said, “Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”

Bible Quotes to Help Develop Conflict Management Skills

Matthew 18:15-17 ESV

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

Proverbs 15:1 ESV

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Matthew 18:15 ESV

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.

Colossians 3:13 ESV

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

be-not-angryEphesians 4:26 ESV

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

James 4:1-6 ESV

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? …

Matthew 5:9 ESV

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

A Few Last Questions

Do you have a plan to deal with conflict?

What are some of your intentional resolutions of conflict for your organization, business or church? Is there a plan and a strategy to deal with conflict?

Do you have a healthy process in dealing with external conflict and internal conflict?

Conflict can be a helpful tool for any organization if it is handled in a healthy way.

Dale Roach

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