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Addressing Conflict


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Club discussion is valuable for building a team environment, but inner-club conflict may arise when Leos express a difference of opinion during a club meeting. It is normal for club conflicts to feel challenging. To prepare for this situation, you should:

  • Know when and how to rule a member "out of order", call for a vote, table a discussion, or refer the discussion to a committee.
  • Ask the Leo to state the disputed issue in the form of a motion.
  • Understand that this Leo wants to either: raise awareness of the issue; request action on the issue; or express an opinion.
  • Allow fellow Leos to help settle the dispute. Most Leos are interested in maintaining order during club meetings. Their intervention may be helpful.
  • Enter the resolution into the official club minutes.

When handled constructively, differences of opinion can:

  • Encourage the exchange of valuable opinions.
  • Stimulate interest in an activity.
  • Reveal problems.
  • Resolve tension.
  • Increase motivation.

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