The warring factions took tough stands on certain issues. For the negotiations to work, leaders had to make compromises. Nelson Mandela leads the oppressed in this nation. He had to make several compromises to ensure that the agreement between the two factions holds. Compromising entails a party moderating its assertiveness and reducing some of its demands. Compromising should be a two-sided undertaking. Therefore, each party leaves slightly dissatisfied (Rothwell 345).
Forgiveness is a conflict resolution method, which seeks to change the psychological setup of the individuals in the conflict. The parties involved ought to forgive their rivals for their transgressions made. This opens up a way for the parties to resolve the issues that have led to the conflict. In invictus, the two parties involved were Southern Africans and the white minority. The white minority had oppressed Africans through their administrative system. The system offered the white minority better living standards than Africans. After the release of Mandela, the government and the African representatives commenced negotiations on a new government system, which would result in the election of a democratic government. Mandela who was detained for 27 years chose not to pursue his aggressors. Mandela’s action set the stage for a reconciliation process that focused on addressing the national issue rather than avenging the action of the aggressors. Forgiveness is vital in conflict resolution since it alters the psychological set up from seeking vengeance to reconciliation (Rothwell 347).
Destructive conflict denotes situations where one of the parties is unwilling to negotiate. This form of conflict is denoted by rigidly defined goals. Rigidly defined goals limit the ability of negotiators to address the conflict. This situation occurs when one of the parties is unwilling to negotiate since it has preconceived notions that the opposition party must lose. This kind