When you hear the word “assertive”, what comes to mind?
Being assertive is all about being confident in your personality, and boldly speaking out that which you believe in.
Assertiveness should play out in your life and even in your career.
You must be able to speak up especially at your job more so knowing that this is where you spend most of your time.
If you constantly suppress your thoughts you might experiencing severe stress and difficulties performing well in your work.
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Today’s job market is cut-throat and highly competitive therefore you need to communicate; make your voice heard! Learn how to get your message across without fear.
But at the same time, you must ensure you don’t confuse the thin line between being assertive and being aggressive.
Aggressive behavior borders on you being rude, intolerable, playing unfair, controlling and overall selfish.
Let’s look at these 5 crucial importance’s of being assertive
- Improved individual and team performance
Imagine working in an atmosphere where you know you are not comfortable with something but you can’t say anything.
You don’t know where to start because you don’t know how to speak confidently or you are too worried about what others might say or think.
These thoughts will eventually have the better of you. You will not be able to concentrate and perform at your optimal best because you have suppressed your thoughts.
This also means if you have somethings to say to your team members, you won’t be assertive enough to say anything.
- Become more emotionally intelligent
Being assertive will help you greatly improve and increase your level of emotional intelligence.
This is because you can be able to appropriately communicate your thoughts, frustrations, emotions and feelings.
You approach people from a point of knowledge and not ignorance knowing that they are also at different emotional states.
Constantly crying or being gloomy and frustrated at your work will definitely make your job hard and hinder career success because this is perceived as being emotionally weak.
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Being emotionally intelligent also helps you pick your battles wisely by knowing that not every other thing around your workplace deserves your time.
- You earn respect and leadership roles
If you ever want to earn respect and leadership roles at your workplace, practice being assertive. Others will find it hard to take advantage of you or intimidate you.
And your boss will always seek out your opinion on certain matters because they trust you to be honest and credible.
Once people realize that you don’t tolerate being made a fool of being muzzled, they will instantly start to give the respect you deserve.
You will always be nominated to take leadership roles with little opposition.
- The ability to say NO!
If there’s one thing assertive people know how to say very well, it’s “NO”.
Being assertive will help your foot down by saying no; refusing to agree with the norm or the status – quo especially if it’s wrong.
You will learn how to say no when you are overworked or underutilized or simply feel like you are undervalued at work.
You say no to what you know you genuinely cannot do and get it off your chest and focus on what really matters.
- Improved judgement and decision making abilities
Ever seen someone you though was happy at their job abruptly quit their job?
They just had enough but no one really knew what they were going through because they never spoke about it.
But the decision they made at that moment was wrong because had they spoken up, things would have turned out differently.
Assertiveness will allow you to avoid making these irrational and impulsive career costly decisions.
You will chose to speak your mind rationally and with logic in order to drive your point home and therefore make the right career decisions.
It’s time to start being heard…
Like I said earlier, there’s a very thin line between being assertive and being aggressive. Be confident enough to appropriately let you stand and opinions be known.
This is one the ways you can be guaranteed your career will keep advancing.