Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Assertiveness and Conflict Management

•Where being more assertive would have helped you in better managing a conflict?

Asserting Yourself

  1. What is Assertiveness and what does being Assertive mean?

Assertiveness:

A form of behavior characterized by a confident declaration or affirmation of a statement without need of proof.

•“Expressing personal rights and feelings.”

•Acting in any situation where you need to:

–express your feelings

–ask for what you want

–say no to something you don’t want

–without either aggressively threatening the rights of another.

submissively permitting another to ignore or deny one's rights or point of view.

-As a communication style and strategy, assertiveness is thus distinguished from both aggression and passivity.

“ For too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person “

-Gloria Steinem

2.   Why is it important to be assertive?

•How you interact with others can be a source of considerable stress in your life.

–Can alleviate stress and make you feel more relaxed.

–Develop self-respect and self-worth.

Assertiveness is one of the key asset that help young people become mature, responsible adult.

“I graduated from high school this spring, and as look back on my high school years, I feel sad that I spent so match time criticizing myself and never appreciating who I was”

-Angela Evanz