Learning to be assertive in life is one of the most important skills you can develop as a leader. Studies have shown that being assertive can lead to a whole host of benefits, from increased self-confidence to better relationships and improved mental & physical health.
Before you start, it is important that you understand what being assertive means. Psychologists define assertiveness as being able to express yourself effectively and stand up for your point of view, while respecting the rights and beliefs of others. The basis of assertiveness is mutual respect and honesty. Assertive communications are straightforward and know how to set and maintain healthy boundaries. Their relationships value and promote trust.
If you are serious about living an authentic life and succeeding in reaching your goals, learning to be assertive is important. How do you feel about your life right now? Are you satisfied with your personal and professional situation? Do you avoid conflict? Do you worry about what others think of you? If you are not happy with the now, the good news is that being assertive is a habit that can be learned just like any other. With practice and commitment, you can change your mindset and live a life more aligned with your true self, values, and aspirations.
Try these tips for introducing a more assertive approach into your personal and professional life:
Try to keep your focus on the impact of the situation and finding a way to work together to find a mutually satisfying situation.
All in all, being assertive means that you stay in your power as a leader, accepting that you have control over how you approach a situation, and your feelings about it. Being assertive won’t get you what you want all the time, but you will feel more in control, and will be able to handle situations much better than you would have previously when they were stressors.
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