Defensiveness A Defensive posture means you’re trying to prevent an opponent from scoring points. Defensiveness creates opponents and moves discussions from concepts, ideas, and solutions to people. Defensiveness during disagreements creates positional arguments where participants are combatants and winning becomes personal. The worst thing leaders do during disagreements is shifting focus from solution-finding to people. One thing is certain. Disagreements that become personal distract organizations and waste resources. Strong leaders leverage disagreements while weak leaders win arguments. Overcoming defensiveness Even though all leaders deal with disagreements, those new to leadership…

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