Assertiveness often gets a bad rap. People who are self-confident and forceful can be cast as pushy and annoying. But when balanced with other critical skills, being assertive can help you excel at other things:
- Fostering teamwork: Teams thrive when their members are able to express not-always-popular points of view. Use your self-confidence to set a tone that allows other people to speak up.
- Leading change: Constructive change requires bold moves. Be assertive and break through the resistance that often arises during a change effort.
- Acting with integrity: When coupled with honesty, assertiveness gives you the courage to stand up for what you know is right.