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How do I become more assertive?
Maria R - Sydney, Australia
Great question, we often get asked this in our executive coaching sessions. Many leaders would like to become more assertive in their leadership styles. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your journey to becoming more assertive.
First, answer these questions for yourself below;
Next, explore what assertiveness is to you and what it is not? It is important that you know what assertiveness is, so you know what it looks like when you achieve it.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Assertiveness is not:
First you may need to access the resource you discovered earlier… new skills, confidence, or courage for example. It may be a lack of confidence that is stopping you from being assertive, therefore it is not actually more assertiveness that you need, but confidence which will allow this skill to materialise. See our other Q&A on how to become more confident. We all have the resources we need; we just don’t always know how to access sequence and strengthen them. This is where a coach can help.
Next start with one situation where you would like to practice being more assertive in (or more confident). And ask yourself, what would it look like in this situation if I were being more assertive (or confident)? As you practice this new skill or resource, it is important to measure your success. How assertive were you 0-10? Are you getting closer to your goal?
It can also be valuable to tell others what you are trying to achieve, ask them to give you feedback on your new skills. Again, this is where a coach can help. Having an accountability partner is often what supports you to push yourself out of your comfort zone and to practice these new skills.
I hope this has helped you get started in becoming more assertive, please feel free to reach out to us here at Modo if you would like a skilled coach to assist you on your journey.
Tamara Pickard is an Executive Coach, Trainer and a Managing Director of Modo Coaching and Training, with many years of experience leading large organisations. Tamara is a certified Meta-Coach, Master NLP practitioner and experienced Enneagram facilitator, and her passion is to facilitate people to discover and actualise their highest potentials in their personal and professional lives.
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