Overt conflict are the visible tugs of war - the visible comments and arguments. Covert conflict is typically also present, and in fact is more insidious to a team. These are the side bar conversations, the water cooler talk, and the team toxic behaviors.
As a team leader it is important to acknowledge when conflict exists, and to have dialogue within the team about what acceptable behaviors are, and are not. Ensuring that team members have the skills and a framework to work with conflict it also part of what we want to create. What conflict management models are you using in your organization? What training already exists?
Two resources I often recommend in the leadership development training I lead are:
Have a Nice Conflict - Patterson, Scudder and Mitchell
Fierce Conversations - Susan Scott
Potentials Realized - Leadership and Team Development, Coaching, Retreats
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
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