Conflict is the process of change.
No great change—not one—happens without conflict.
The key is not to fear conflict (which many of us do) but to manage it.
Many people are afraid in times of great change because they aren’t offered a vision for what the change will bring, nor are they offered the courage to look the change in the eye.
The role of statesmen, leaders, and even executives used to be to provide assurances to the masses of people that the conflict would be manageable, that the outcomes (or changes) would be beneficial, and that the future would be positive.
Those roles stand empty now, and thus it is up to us to choose individually: A past state of supposed peace we cannot return to, or a future state that we need courage, clarity, and candor to get to.
There are no more statesmen and leaders “over there” anymore.
Which is good.
Because, they’re right here.