This is the third part of a series of articles exploring the concepts of leadership with Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella. We talked about what leadership is, how you develop it in players and coaches, and the progression of the Jackets' leaders themselves. You can read Part II HERE
It's a natural reaction to bristle at the thought of conflict. In sports in particular, reports of disagreement within a team can spin off questions about "what's wrong?" or "can both sides still work together?"
But for head coach John Tortorella, conflict is an essential tool of building a team that, instead of breaking in the face of adversity, can weather the ups and downs of their jobs in the world of hockey.
"This is the most interesting thing for me in coaching," Tortorella said. "It's when you get into the one-on-one situations, and there's honesty. Usually when there's honesty, there's conflict. I'm anxious to see how (players) react."
Tortorella's approach lines up with one touted by noted leadership author, Patrick Lencioni. Lencioni's popular 2002 book, "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team" outlined the major obstacles a team faces on the path to becoming effective in reaching their goals.
READ: PART II, JOHN TORTORELLA'S LEADERSHIP SERIES