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Being judged by how we handle conflict...

Evidence suggests that I'm accepted by most people as a leader, but I think I'm really falling down in this area, largely because I avoid confrontation. I need to step up to it!

Fast Company: 4 ways the people around you are secretly judging your management potential, 18-Oct-19 by Gwen Moran

One big way people form opinions about you is in observing how you react to conflict, says Natalie Michael, CEO of Waterfront Partners, Inc., a West Vancouver, British Columbia-based executive coaching firm and author of Your CEO Succession Playbook. “To what extent can you express your point of view, even in the face of opposition?” she says.

When you take on a leadership role, you’re going to need to be able to withstand criticism or opposing views without getting upset. “So, your ability to withstand opposition and criticism, sometimes even in a very public domain of social media, and to maintain a healthy perspective around that and emotional composition [will be part of how people form opinions about your leadership potential],” she says. Managing your informal interactions well when you’re not in agreement with your peers can go a long way toward helping them respect you as a leader.