Explain the difference between assertive and aggressive behavior and the many benefits of asserting yourself (strategically) at work. Hone best practices for assertive communication through verbal, visual, and vocal mediums to better understand the messages we’re sending.
Being assertive is essential for leadership. We know this! The data reveals the same conclusions: assertive communicators are more likely to be seen as leaders, are less anxious, and are more often promoted.
But the quality of assertiveness is nuanced for women. Research shows it’s women who know when to turn it on and off that reap the benefits.
Participants break into groups of 2-3 to draft responses to a variety of workplace scenarios requiring assertive responses.
Emphasize importance of mindful awareness as first step to behavior change. Code-switching as essential for aligning our communication (substance and style) with our goals and audience.
Emilie Aries, Bossed Up
Emilie Aries is a nationally recognized speaker and the Founder and CEO of Bossed Up, an innovative personal and professional training organization that helps women craft sustainable careers.
Aries is a regular contributor at Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Levo League and recently stepped up as the new co-host of Stuff Mom Never Told You, the fiercely feminist podcast by HowStuffWorks.
Emilie is a political organizer turned award-winning women’s leadership consultant. She has helped hundreds navigate career transition and prevent burnout. Her TED talk, “The Power of No,” shows how to set healthy boundaries and invest in sustainable long-term achievement.