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Conflict Management Styles Assessment

There are five core conflict management styles: Competing, Collaborating, Avoiding, Accommodating, and Compromising. Do you know which one you utilize most often when approached with a conflict? Take this 15-question assessment to figure it out. 


Keep in mind that one style of conflict management is not necessarily better than another; each style has pros and cons, and each can be useful depending on the situation. This assessment is intended to help you identify your typical response to conflict, with the goal that when you encounter future conflicts, you will be aware of not only your instinctive reaction, but also the pros and cons of that reaction for the specific situation. Furthermore, you will also be aware of the other styles of conflict management that you could draw on to resolve the situation, if one of the other styles is more appropriate for the current situation.  

To what extent does each statement describe you?  Please read each statement and write down a response from 1 (rarely) to 5 (always) that best describes you.  Make sure to keep track of your answers as you will need the numbers to find out your style!  Be honest - this survey is designed to help you learn about your conflict management style. There are no right or wrong answers!  


In the past 6 months, how often did you do the following to handle conflicts?

  1. If someone disagrees with me, I vigorously defend my side of the issue.
  2. I go along with suggestions from peers, even if I don’t agree with them.
  3. I give-and-take so that an agreement can be reached.
  4. I keep my opinions to myself rather than openly disagree with people.
  5. In disagreements or negotiations, I try to find the best possible solutions for both sides by sharing information.
  6. I try to reach a middle ground in disputes with other people.
  7. I go along with the wishes of people who have different points of view than my own.
  8. I refrain from openly debating issues where there is disagreement.
  9. In negotiations, I hold on to my position rather than give in.
  10. I try to solve conflicts by finding solutions that benefit both me and the other person.
  11. I let peers have their way rather than jeopardize our relationship.
  12. I try to win my position in a discussion.
  13. I investigate conflicts with peers so that we can discover solutions that benefit both of us.
  14. It is not worth the time and trouble discussing my differences of opinion with other people.
  15. To reach an agreement, I give up some things in exchange for others.

Time to Find Your Style

Conflict Management Styles