Different causes for conflict

SDI > Reasons for conflict

We have previously spoken of conflict in conjunction with SDI ® and there according to SDI ® exists seven different motivational systems with different driving forces and traits. These can help us understand amongst other things causes for conflict. The first four are Altruistic-Nurturing (blue color), Assertive-Directive (red), Analytic-Autonomizing (Green) and Flexible-Cohering (identified with the colors blue, red and green). There are also three more which are blends of the above; Directive-Nurturing (red-blue), Judicious-Competing (green-red) and Cautious-Supporting (green-blue).

Triggers of conflict

To each motivational value system it is possible to connect different triggers of conflict, with others words, causes for conflict. Knowing about these facilitates a more effective conflict management. Below are some examples of typical conflicttriggers for the different value systems.

Blue (altruistic - nurturing)

Where there is a lack of respect for:

  • Openess
  • Trust
  • Help to those who need it
  • Respect for individuals
  • Considerate decision making
  • People who wish to support but not direct

Red (assertive - directive)

Where there is a lack of respect for:

  • Concentration on the task
  • Competitive mindset
  • Bottom line questions
  • Risk taking
  • Quick decision making
  • People who can direct

Green (analytic - autonomizing)

Where there is a lack of respect for:

  • Continual improvement
  • Personal competence
  • Self confidence
  • Developing richness of ideas
  • Objectivity
  • Honesty
  • Careful decisionmaking
  • People who need to think before answering

Hub (flexible - cohering)

Where there is a lack of respect for:

  • Mutual dependence
  • Flexibility
  • Cooperation
  • Development of synergetic effects
  • Unity
  • Social behaviour
  • Flexible decisionmaking

Blends (Red-Blue, Blue-Green and Green-Red)

These blend types can end up in conflict when they feel that others are lacking in respect for one of their two main motivators. They can also feel split between the two. For example a person with ”Red-Blue” motivational value system can feel split when he or she feels the need for being decisive, but does not want to hurt anyone.

Knowledge about these causes for conflict can be a great contribution to your leadership training and in your growth as a member of a group.

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