I wanted to talk a little about role conflict in order to make my statuses post easier to understand. Role conflict "occurs when incompatible expectations arise from two or more social positions held by the same person" (Schaefer 2004). I can completely understand role conflicts. As with the employee promoted to supervisor example in our text, I experienced the same conflict my senior year in high school.
It seems high school was such a long time ago, but yet it really wasn't. Though Kennesaw has changed me a great deal, I will always remember what it was like to deal with the role conflict in high school of being a student, while also being a leader. In high school, as we all know, there is a division of power among the various cliques. There's always the punks(deviants), the popular(socially accepted kids), and the nerds. In my case, I was in the band. At my school, this was a pretty good position of power considering the band was better than the football team. The band include all the three cliques mentioned (punks, popular, and nerds). The band was quite small, which made it a primary group and indeed socialized many individuals within the group and taught us all about roles and statuses.
From my sophomore year up to my senior year, I always held an officer position above my peers, but my senior was the toughest. There were a few other officers with me, 10 officers to 50 band members. I held an administrative position my sophomore year, which was not conflicting at all. I was still considered a peer among the band. My junior year, I became band captain, which even though was a higher position with more leadership responsibilities over the band members, I was still considered a peer among the band. Then with my senior year, came trouble. I was appointed drum major over the entire band. Anyone who doesn't know what a drum major is, it is the student that directs the marching band on the field and takes care of band sessions during concert season when the music director (teacher) is busy.
The day I was announced drum major, I was instantly in conflict with my role as peer and band member. The majority of the band members accepted my position, yet did not want to accept my authority over them. In order to be drum major, I had to lessen my role as band member and become a leader more similar to a teacher than a peer. To increase problems, I was the first female drum major the band had in six years. Many felt this position was best suited for a male because of the commands and endurance the position required. Even though the society around me felt this way, I believe the position required someone with strong leadership regardless of gender.
Needless to say, I had a wonderful senior year even with the role conflict among my peers. I still kept my friends, and even became closer to many people I never thought I would become friends with. I think the best way to deal with this conflict is to further divide in your mind when and where each role should be used. When I was in band, I was drum major, but when I was in school, I was a student and peer. This division helped set boundaries and clear rules for both me and those around me to help better deal with the conflict.