Having read Ken Sande’s book, The Peacemaker, I have a special interest in learning how to view conflict as opportunities to forge better relationships with others. Working through conflict isn’t easy, but is well worth the time and effort. Oftentimes, getting through conflict establishes stronger relationships and promotes greater trust.
I have utilized Sande’s biblical principles in my life and they work. The biggest eye-opener is the importance of removing the speck from my eye before showing other’s their faults. This is not easy to incorporate, but is essential in properly managing conflict opportunities.
I seek to emulate Jesus’ servant leadership (Phil 2:6-7). To help me do this, I practice leadership principles John Maxwell proposes in his book, The 360 degree Leader. A 360 degree leader leads himself, those above him, those beside him, and those below him.