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How comfortable are you with having open, direct conflict with another leader?

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How comfortable are you with having open, direct conflict with another leader?

  • I enjoy it — conflict leads to new ideas: 14.97%
  • It’s fine — conflict is part of my job: 51.38%
  • It’s uncomfortable — I avoid conflict if I can: 31.69%
  • I hate it — I’ll avoid conflict at all costs: 1.95%

Throw down the gloves. It seems like most of you are more than willing to throw down and go toe-to-toe with your colleagues in open conflict and disagreement. Just be aware that one-third of folks out there find such overt conflict threatening and uncomfortable.┬áBe sure the person you’re having the argument with is willing to partake in the verbal fisticuffs. If they’re not, you’ll come across as a not-so-nice person and it could hurt your credibility as a leader in the long run.

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS and author of “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”