Why Assertiveness Matters for Leaders in the New Normal

In the new normal, leaders face unprecedented challenges that require a high degree of adaptability and resilience. The ability to communicate effectively is more critical than ever before. What is required to be effective? Assertiveness. It is the ability to communicate one’s thoughts, feelings, and needs in a clear, direct, and respectful manner. 

Here are some reasons why assertiveness matters for leaders in the new normal and how it can help them navigate the complexities of modern leadership:

1. Builds Trust and Respect

Assertiveness helps leaders build trust and respect with their team members. When leaders communicate assertively, they demonstrate that they value the opinions and input of their team members. This, in turn, fosters an environment of trust and respect, where team members feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas openly.

2. Facilitates Effective Decision Making

Leaders who are assertive can facilitate effective decision-making. By communicating their thoughts and ideas clearly and directly, they can ensure that their team members understand their perspective and can make informed decisions accordingly. This can help avoid misunderstandings and conflicts that can arise when communication is unclear or indirect.

3. Promotes Accountability

Assertiveness promotes accountability among team members. When leaders communicate their expectations and goals in a clear and direct manner, team members are more likely to understand what is expected of them. This, in turn, can help foster a sense of accountability and responsibility among team members.

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4. Enhances Problem-Solving

Assertiveness can enhance problem-solving among team members. When leaders communicate assertively, they can encourage their team members to collaborate and share their ideas openly. This can help generate creative solutions to complex problems and foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.

5. Improves Relationships

Assertiveness can improve relationships among team members. When leaders communicate assertively, they can help resolve conflicts and misunderstandings that may arise in the workplace. This can help promote positive working relationships and improve team morale and productivity.

Indeed, assertiveness is a critical skill that leaders need to cultivate in the new normal. It can help build trust and respect, facilitate effective decision-making, promote accountability, enhance problem-solving, and improve relationships among team members. By communicating assertively, leaders can navigate the complexities of modern leadership with confidence and grace. As such, it is important for leaders to invest time and effort in developing their assertiveness skills to become more effective and successful in their roles.

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+


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