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How to be Assertive (Without Losing Yourself)

It can be difficult to get ahead if you have a reserved disposition in a work environment that encourages swinging fists, but Amy Gallo writes for Harvard Business Review about what you can do to become more assertive without becoming a different person. Self-confidence is a necessary foundation. Beyond that, evaluate your successes so far at your current level of assertiveness to see how much you need to change. Set small goals like speaking up earlier and more often in meetings, and make an effort to build relationships with coworkers. Timidity decreases in proportion to intimacy. View the full article for two case studies regarding the value of assertiveness when it is used in the right way.

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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