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Power Through Partnership by Anne-Marie Slaughter, Maggie Ellis Chotas, Betsy Polk

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Chapter 6Leveraging Conflict

Because partners, female or male, make big decisions and take risks together, conflict is inevitable. It’s the elephant in the room, ready to wiggle its hairy trunk and flap its big ears between partners. And it’s going to occur no matter how hard you try to prevent it from happening. Sometimes conflict rears its head right in the middle of a stressful, busy, crazy situation, where much is at stake and all anyone wants is for it to go away. But it won’t. It just stands there smack dab in the middle of everything. It’s what you do with it that matters. Because unless the opposing ideas, interests, or needs of the partners are resolved, the uncomfortable emotions and tension caused by the conflict will simmer under ...

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