Damaging conflict within a committee can undermine the work of an organisation and damage its reputation. Not all conflict is damaging however organisations need to manage conflict to ensure that it does not become
Healthy conflict, in which conflicting viewpoints are debated, can be of significant benefit to an organisation, if it is effectively managed. However unhealthy conflict can divert energy, demoralise staff and volunteers, and prevent the organisation from fulfilling its mission.
Voluntary organisations are strongly value-based, and may experience intense conflicts about directions and policies. Others have difficulty due to conflicting roles or personal differences. more..
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published guidance on managing internal conflict in charities.