Welcome to the Summer Camp Leadership blog. For those of us who lead summer camps, making a positive difference in the lives of young people is our passion. Turning that passion into a reality, however, takes more than the ability to lead songs, teach archery or plan craft projects. Creating camp experiences that truly transform lives takes leadership. Leadership that creates a vision for the future, leadership that inspires and engages others, leadership that remains focused and stays the course. My hope is through this blog you'll find ideas, inspiration and tools to help you be a great summer camp leader.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sources of Conflict

Conflict is inevitable in most organizations, including camps. The key to resolving conflict is to understand the source. If we can identify the source, we have a starting point for working with the parties involved to find a solution.

Psychologists Art Bell and Brett Hart have identified the most common sources of conflict in the workplace. They include:
  1. Conflicting resources.
  2. Conflicting styles.
  3. Conflicting perceptions.
  4. Conflicting goals.
  5. Conflicting pressures.
  6. Conflicting roles.
  7. Different personal values.
  8. Unpredictable policies.
When conflict arises, talk with each party to identify which one or more of these sources of conflict exists. Once you've identified the source, work with both parties to resolve the issue. Focus on the source of the conflict, rather than the conflict itself.