I think conflict becomes detrimental to the school culture when the conflict(s) affect the overall morale of the staff. If a staff is constantly at odds with each other and/or the administration then negativity will take over and our students will suffer. I would try to minimize conflict by being an active listener and observer in my building. I would hope that I would be aware of the climate of my building at all times or at least be making a daily, cognitive effort to be visible, approachable, and available to my staff. I would work very hard to earn the trust of my staff and treat them fairly and respectfully. In return, I would expect that if there were issues, we would have the type of relationship where we could discuss the issues and come to a peaceful agreement. I think conflicts get out of hand when they aren’t addressed quickly and effectively. If I am made aware of a situation/conflict, I will go directly to the source and try to defuse the problem quickly and respectfully. I also think that if teachers don’t feel like they are being heard and/or cared about, they will be more likely to be negative and cause conflicts I want my staff to know that I have walked in their shoes and I am here as a resource to help them whenever they need it. I feel that if I set the example of a respectful and collaborative relationship builder, then my staff will follow and treat each other the same way.