Whilst some people can be naturally more assertive than others, there is an evident spectrum of assertiveness; from those who are decisive and take a strong no nonsense approach, to those who are more approachable, taking time to consider all perspectives and solutions. To become an assertive leader, you first need to acknowledge where you fall on this spectrum, and realise the necessity of adapting your style of assertiveness to different situations.  

AssertAs a leader, it is necessary to assert yourself, ensuring that the team reaches its goals, and is ultimately successful. Here are some tips on how to assert yourself effectively, wherever you fall on the spectrum of assertiveness.

  1. Begin by getting to know your team. If you are heading a group who are naturally able to converse and collaborate, you should be open to listening to their ideas, and gently inputting your own ideas. However, if you have a team who are unable to motivate each other, you should show them that you are in control, setting specific deadlines and giving them support and direction.
  2. Remember that being assertive does not mean being aggressive. To be assertive is to be driven, decisive, and focussed on results, whereas being aggressive will cause your employees to disengage from the tasks, and will not cultivate the best possible outcomes.
  3. Whilst trying to keep the peace can work to an extent, this can create less focus, and encourage people to think that they can only produce the bare minimum. Pushing people through assertiveness can be highly beneficial to your results.
  4.  Learn how to read those around you. Sometimes an assertive speech could push your employees to meet a deadline, whilst a more even handed approach could help someone who is struggling with a stressful task.

To find out more about how to get the results you want in your leadership role, contact The Results Centre at alan@alandenton.co.uk