Conflict is a common, inevitable part of life. It exists because people don’t always get along or agree. Because conflict is a normal part of everyone’s life, conflict resolution, or the ability to resolve conflicts effectively, is a crucial skill for everyone to have. This is especially important in the area of bullying prevention. Being able to resolve a conflict before it turns into bullying is the most effective way to reduce the incidence of bullying in your organization.
Everyone experiences conflict and has a choice about whether or not to resolve it effectively. When conflict is resolved effectively, it leads to many benefits, such as accomplishing goals and strengthening relationships. But conflict can also be damaging. If handled ineffectively, conflict can quickly turn into personal dislike, and even lead to a breakdown of relationships. Sometimes, this can lead to bullying, or the use of force or threat to abuse and aggressively dominate someone else.
Conflict resolution plays a large part in bullying prevention. Conflict resolution requires individuals to assert themselves while respecting others. It also requires them to negotiate in order to solve problems and find solutions. All of these components of conflict resolution can build stronger relationships while also preventing bullying.
Teaching conflict resolution can be difficult because it requires individuals to learn how to do things differently. This means they must change their habits and how they relate to dealing with conflict. The good news is that you can make simple changes and start resolving conflicts effectively. You can improve your assertion skills and discover the many benefits of conflict resolution.
Here are several important topics related to Conflict Resolution that we will cover in more detail in future posts:
1. Becoming Assertive
2. Eight Steps for Resolving Conflicts
3. Benefits of Conflict Resolution
4. How to Improve Conflict Resolution
5. Common Mistakes in Conflict Resolution
This is the beginning of a six part series on Conflict Resolution with Bullying Prevention. Check back for future posts!