Conflict Resolution Style Assessment

Understanding Your Conflict Resolution Style: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Interactions


Avoiding is a conflict resolution style where an individual deliberately avoids engaging in a conflict, essentially sidestepping the issue at hand. This approach is often employed to maintain peace in the short term or when the issue is perceived as minor or unimportant. Avoiding can allow time for emotions to settle before revisiting the issue.

– Maintains peace in the short term
– Allows time for emotions to settle
– Useful when issue is minor

– May lead to larger problems in the long run
– Can result in unaddressed needs or dissatisfaction
– Might be perceived as disengagement

Intersecting with Other Styles:
– Accommodating: Conflicts may remain unresolved as both parties are reluctant to engage.
Competing: Can lead to a one-sided solution, as the Avoiding individual tends to yield ground.
Collaborating: Can challenge the Avoiding individual to engage more openly, while the Collaborator may need to create a safe environment for dialogue.


Competing is a conflict resolution style characterized by aggressive and uncooperative behavior. It involves one party pursuing what they want at the other’s expense, often displaying assertiveness to gain their objectives. This style is useful in situations where quick, decisive action is needed but can strain relationships in the long run.

– Can lead to quick solutions
– Protects personal interests
– Effective in non-negotiable situations

– Can strain or harm relationships
– Might suppress the concerns of others
– May create a hostile environment

Intersecting with Other Styles:
– Avoiding: The Competing individual may dominate the resolution, but this might lead to resentment from the Avoiding individual.
Accommodating: The Competing individual’s needs are likely to be met quickly, but the relationship may become strained.
Collaborating: Conflicts may initially escalate but could eventually lead to a constructive solution if the Competing individual is open to the Collaborating individual’s approach.


Accommodating is a conflict resolution style where an individual yields to the other’s concerns, often at the expense of their own needs. It is an approach that prioritizes harmony and the relationship over personal goals or outcomes. This style is often employed by individuals who value peace and cooperation over winning a dispute.

– Fosters a harmonious environment
– Preserves relationships
– Quick resolution to conflicts

– May lead to personal dissatisfaction
– Risks being taken advantage of
– Can suppress important issues

Intersecting with Other Styles:
– Avoiding: Conflicts may go unresolved, as the Accommodating individual might not press the issue.
Competing: Can result in quick resolutions where the Competing individual’s needs are met, but may strain relationships.
Collaborating: The Collaborating individual might empower the Accommodating individual to express their own needs.


Collaborating is a conflict resolution style in which parties work together to find a mutually beneficial solution. This method seeks to integrate the ideas and needs of all parties involved, resulting in a solution that everyone can support. Collaborating promotes open communication, respect for others’ perspectives, and creative problem-solving.

– Promotes open and honest communication
– Leads to mutually satisfying solutions
– Builds relationships and trust

– Can be time-consuming
– Requires commitment from all parties
– May be challenging if trust levels are low

Intersecting with Other Styles:
– Avoiding: The Collaborator may need to create a comfortable and safe environment for the Avoiding individual to engage.
Accommodating: The Collaborating individual can help to draw out the needs and concerns of the Accommodating individual.
Competing: There may be initial tension, but both parties can reach a more comprehensive and mutually satisfying resolution if willing.