Friday, November 20, 2015

#324 / Not Conflict Averse

Amber Guild, pictured, is the President of Collins, a consultant group that works to support "brands." She got a nice write up in the November 15, 2015 edition of The New York Times. The article, titled "Call Out the Elephant in the Room," focused on Guild's biography and provided her advice on leadership.

One piece of advice? "To be an effective leader, you can't be conflict-averse."

Since we all have different ideas, and different interests, how do we make a decision? Conflict and controversy. Debate and discussion. 

After all that, we make a decision, and leaders drive the process.

As my father used to tell me, apropos this very topic, "you can disagree, Gary, without being disagreeable."

Let's let Amber say it one more time: 

To be an effective leader 
You can't be conflict-averse

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