Field Trip: Conflict & Leadership: Shattering the Status Quo

The principal’s world includes plenty of conflict. And while conflict is never easy, it’s not always bad.

Paul O’Neill and Dennis Griffin, Jr. are principals in schools hundreds of miles apart — yet they regularly encourage and challenge each other through #EduGladiators, an online community of learners. Today, Paul and Dennis talk about leadership and conflict, and how when conflict arises, school leaders have a huge opportunity to encourage growth, impact school culture, and create a better educational landscape for students.

  • How leaders can channel conflict toward productive outcomes
  • What happens when leaders simply try to avoid conflict
  • Fostering transparency and building relationships that lead to positive growth
  • How to deal with conflict when taking leadership at a new school
  • Big, burning questions to wrestle with as leaders


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