Recommended Reading

Becoming a Conflict Competent Leader

by Craig E. Runde and Tim E. Flanagan

Dealing effectively with conflict is difficult for any leader. Some try to avoid conflict and wish it would just go away, while others tend to get angry and lash out at others in ways they later regret. Poorly managed conflict creates enormous costs in the form of wasted management time, high turnover, and lawsuits. How can leaders assess how they currently handle conflict and develop the skills they need to deal with conflict more effectively? Becoming a Conflict Competent Leader combines research, conceptual models, practitioner experience, and stories that highlight the core conflict competencies. The book underscores the importance for leaders to develop the critical skills they need to help them, their colleagues, and their organizations deal more effectively with conflict and move their organizations forward. The book describes assessments that can give leaders insight into how they currently approach conflict and offers suggestions for becoming a conflict competent leader. Leadership experts Craig E. Runde and Tim A. Flanagan show leaders how to implement constructive approaches to conflict while avoiding ones that lead to destructive outcomes. Becoming a Conflict Competent Leader also shows how to ensure that organizational structures support constructive approaches to conflict management and resolution.

Cover of the book Becoming a Conflict Competent Leader

Cover of Deb Siverson's book The Cycle of Transformation
With all the ups and downs of the economy and the various dramas in the business world in recent years, good leadership is more crucial than ever before. But the old methods don’t seem to produce the desired results any longer.
Author Deb Siverson knows this from firsthand experience. She worked for twenty years under the old productivity-based coaching model before she was introduced to a more relational approach. But rather than exchange one for the other, she realized that both models had something to offer. So she blended their effective aspects and created her own coaching model: the Cycle of Transformation.
Now, leaders can learn how to become “leader coaches” who empower their employees to fully engage with the company, resulting in a mutually beneficial connection that improves job satisfaction—which leads to increased productivity and profits. Approaching their role relationally, leader coaches play an important role in transforming their employees’ lives at work. And this is no small accomplishment.
Often enlightening and always practical, The Cycle of Transformation informs readers how to develop trust, why it’s important to spark insight before pushing for action, and so much more.
Don’t you think it’s time you refresh your leadership approach?
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