I worked with a creative team recently who to my surprise, brag that they never disagree and certainly never fight. They made a big deal about being a family. My response? This isn’t a creative team, it’s a dictatorship. If your team never disagrees then there’s a reason, and it’s probably fear. If creative people can’t question things, then they probably won’t accomplish much.
Plus, creativity is about conflict. If your team isn’t disagreeing and occasionally having a good fight, then you’re not pushing the boundaries, not trying new things, and not doing anything original.
Conflict can be healthy, but it must be guided by a strong leader. A leader who will give the team space to come up with new ideas – even if that means disagreement and sometimes conflict.
Holding back dangerous new ideas is a fast track to mediocrity.