Conflict Management Style

Indicate how often you take the following action when you differ with someone:
When I differ with someone: 1. I explore our differences, not backing down, but not imposing my view either. 2. I disagree openly, then invite more discussion about our differences. 3. I look for a mutually satisfactory solution. 4. Rather than let the other person make a decision without my input, I make sure I am heard and also that I hear the other out. 5. I agree to a middle ground rather than looking for a completely satisfying solution. 6. I admit I am half-wrong rather than explore our differences. 7. I have a reputation for meeting a person half way. 8. I expect to get out about half of what I really want to say. 9. I give in totally rather than try to change another‟s opinion. 10. I put aside any controversial aspects of an issue. 11. I agree early on, rather than argue about a point. 12. I give in as soon as the other party gets emotional about an issue. 13. I try to win the other person over. Usually Sometimes Seldom

B. A score of 17 or above on any set is considered high. each of us has a basic style for handling conflicts.14. S from Thomas. Solution to Activity While most of us have the ability to vary our conflict response according to the situation. no matter what. I work to come out victorious. Your total is    based on the following: Give yourself 5 points for „Usually‟ Give yourself 3 points for „Sometimes‟ Give yourself 1 point for „Seldom‟ Your scores for each set of statements. Sets A. and scores of 7 or less are considered low. Source: Saunders. scores of 8 to 11 are moderately low. I would rather win than end up compromising. “Toward Multidimensional Values in Teaching: The example of Conflict Behaviors” Academy of Management Review July. I never back away from a good argument. (1977). This questionnaire can help you identify your preferred style for handling conflict. 16. 15. scores of 12 to 16 are moderately high. You might be able to change your preferred style to suit the context in which a certain conflict exists.487. C and D represent different conflict resolution strategies as follows: . p. K. however your basic style tells you how you are most likely to behave and the approaches for handling conflict on which you most often rely. grouped as follows: Set A: Items 13-16 Set B: Items 9-12 Set C: Items 5-8 Set D: Items 1-4 Treat each set separately.W.

you win C = Compromise: Both win some. you win . you lose B = Accommodation: I lose.A = Forcing: I win. lose some D = Collaboration: I win.

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