Team Building Exercises for Conflict Resolution

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

When people work in groups, conflicts are bound to come up, so it's important that group members feel a sense of trust and belonging. This lesson offers some exercises that help build teamwork skills when learning about conflict resolution.

Why Team Building Exercises?

Have you ever worked with a large group? If so, you know that it is inevitable that conflicts will arise. In fact, conflicts can be healthy, but if group members don't feel dedication to the team or group effort, they can also fester without resolution. That's why it is so important to build a sense of cooperation among your group members.

One thing you can do to help prepare your students to take on conflict resolution is to engage them in team building exercises. Team building exercises help participants get to know and trust one another, preparing them to take on challenges that will come up. Team building exercises are often fun, collaborative, and access a variety of learning styles, while building a sense of togetherness and dedication to the group.

This lesson offers team building exercises that will set the stage for healthy conflict resolution. You can modify these activities to meet the needs of your particular group.

Team Building Exercises for Conflict Resolution

Develop Team Guidelines

One of the first things you want to do when building a sense of togetherness is establish a set of guidelines that the group can agree to follow. In fact, developing guidelines together can be a great team building for conflict resolution exercise in and of itself! Ask each participant to think of a few things that are important to him or her in a group. Some examples might include:

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