Arguably, conflict mediation and resolution is work place is exceedingly complex. Individuals involved in conflicts have remarkably few options of solving the problem, the best and easiest option is to mediate and directly speak to the concern people. As a leader in conflict mediation, various styles should be applied. Certainly, individuals in society apply various styles of both leadership and management. The leadership skill that we pose in mediation is as a result of learning from experience as well as personally established traits that are innate. Therefore, in most case leadership skills of individuals vary tremendously, but experience and learned skills bring about the correlation in various jurisdiction and mediations. These variations in personal and acquired skills bring about the distinctions and judgment of both bad and good leaders. Additionally, as a leader there are situations that are best, while others are worst; this scenario depends on the intensity and complexity of the conflict to be mediated on, as well as the institutions.
Undeniably, conflict is inevitable in the work place just as it is inevitable everywhere. As individuals compete for power, scarce resources, positions, security, jobs as well as acknowledgment conflict arise, and as a leader you have the responsibility to mediate between the conflicting parties (Gerzon, 2006). Mediating conflicts are difficult because it develops primitive emotions. In the work place, when conflict arise people feel threatened, leading to ancient ways stress responses such as fighting. In such case, strong leadership skills should be implemented. Strong leader will always create an environment where conflict issues is managed rather than avoided. Conflict mediation is noteworthy because leaders take the opportunity to convert destructive conflict into beneficial conflict.
Conversably, I believe that individuals in life have their own strengths that help them mediate and overcome challenges. Workplace tension gives us a chance to discover our strengths. The clashing of roles, values, experiences, and expectations require strong individuals to mediate through and reduce tension. My strength spread widely; these include knowledge and wisdom, courage, temperance, justice, as well as humanity (Greenstein, 2004). Basically, my strength of knowledge and wisdom produces cognitive strength focused in gaining knowledge in existing conflicts and how to mediate. Creativity, in conflict mediation is strong virtues that helps us to thing noble, and conceptualize on how to carry out a specific issue. In the work place, especially working as a Marine Corps conflicts vary; hence, thinking wide is the best strength towards achieving solutions (Gerzon, 2006).
Perhaps, I have innate emotional strengths that entail the exercise of persistence, integrity, and bravery in accomplishing conflict mediation goals in the face of external and internal opposition. In addition, moral integrity is my ultimo ate strength that drives all other form of strength that I posses. Together with the power of making friends, I also have the strength of temperance. During conflict mediation, there are situations in which an individual is required, to protect themselves against excessive response and reaction. Arguably, in every situation, working as a marine corps is very challenging and it; therefore, requires personal strengths. How these strengths are achieved do not matter, what matters is how it is applied, in the field, either is solving problems or working on the organizational objectives (Greenstein, 2004).
Leadership entails success and failure, as well as good and bad moments. Certainly, failures and success of an organization is mostly attributed to the leader of the group. Leadership best moments are achieved through courage, self-confidence as well as, perceptiveness, all these traits cannot be taught, but it can be experienced. My best time as a leader came during my first months of leadership (Gerzon, 2006). Due to variation of capabilities there were a group of officers who were new to the force. They had problems in managing time, and slow capability of understanding issue. As a result, most of them were given warning; meaning if they did not improve they could be removed from the group. Together with my personal skills, I was given the mandate to help my colleagues to come out of the problem.
In Marine Corps, it is believed that leadership is not born but made. The slogan became my driving force towards helping them. As a leader, I led from the front and worked with them on all occasions. After two months of consistence, encouragement, and hard work, the group emerged the best in time management trainings of which two of them were awarded for bring the quickest responding officers, and they all received promotions (Greenstein, 2004). This was my best moment as a leader; I accomplished my mission successfully. Conflict mediation in an organization is beneficial as it brings success, and achievement of goals.
`Working in Marine Corps had a lot of impacts in life, especially on leadership roles and qualities. More admirable is the role of leading from the front. As a matter of fact, it is essential to lead from the front and ensure that others follow. Leadership entails the willingness to face the dangers at achieves the ultimate goal. Another leadership role that I admired is the ability to take the risk to accomplish the mission assigned (Gerzon, 2006).
Additionally, leadership role that I admired is motivating colleagues. Leaders in the Marine Corps motivated fellow marines in situations which seemed challenging and threatening. Perhaps, in some occasions their presence in the team induced hopes that later brought success in the teams. As a matter of fact, these leaders acted as instructors, colleagues, and monitored every marine as well as tracking individual progress. Demonstrating leadership in the work place is the crucial indicator of success.
Indisputably, I admired the style of leadership in which leaders demonstrated in executing their roles. Leaders employed participatory and democratic form of leadership. As a matter of fact, they are the one who make final decisions but, they incorporate other marines or members of the group to contributing ideas during the process of decision making. As a result, this strategy helps in developing skills as well as increasing the degree of job satisfaction. Leaders believe they are obligated in deciding the destiny of the teams, instead of focusing on financial gains (Greenstein, 2004).
Without doubt, when interpersonal and job related issues arise it is of importance to mediate the parties and resolve conflicts. The leaders had unique qualities that made them achieve in their role. Communication is one of the foremost qualities that these leaders had. This implied that having the ability to communicate means you can deliver the information easily. These leaders could deliver information in a friendly and satisfying manner. Moreover, humbleness prevailed among the leaders. In fact, they lead the group but treated all members of the group equally regardless of their ranks. During conflict and challenging moments, the leaders had the ability to act swiftly, and make decisions under pressure and minimum time (Gerzon, 2006).
Other qualities of those leaders include integrity, courage, confidence, and understanding. The leaders could endure under unfavorable conditions, withstanding hardship, fatigue, stress as well as pain (Gerzon, 2006). Conditionally, this is having a great impact on the subordinate marines; this is because lack of endurance can be a show of cowardice. Incredibly, the leaders had a lot of knowledge in terms of creativity and open-mindedness in mediating conflicts. Despite their weakness, these leaders demonstrated the highest level of leadership skills.
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