During conflicts, a boss in the middle must know when to say “time-out”. There’s a point when arguing your point (even if you’re right) only works to further aggravate the situation. There are many other benefits to discontinuing an argument.
1. You might be wrong. – Stalling an argument gives you a chance to step away and take your emotion out of it. Your clearheaded perspective may give you insight that was previously blocked by your anger.
2. You might be right. – It’s much harder to stop arguing when you’re right. The reality is, the other person or group feels just as strongly that their opinion is correct. They are sending such a strong emotional message that they can’t receive what you’re saying.
3. Both sides may be wrong or both sides may be right. – What’s that saying, there’s more than one way to skin a cat… Walking away may give way to a more unique solution when the two sides reconvene.
4. Maintaining a respectful atmosphere is ALWAYS more important than winning the argument. – You don’t want to ruin a relationship over a disagreement.
Sometimes, folks can agree to disagree. When this isn’t possible it’s best to take a break, at least for the time being, before something happens that both sides regret.