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Definition of assertivenessWinstanley 2005 defined assertiveness as Getting your needs met without ignoring the needs and rights of others and expressing your needs want opinions feelings and beliefs in a direct and honest way This means that my responses need to reflect and recognize the rights of others while I am pursuing my needs and expressing my opinion always respecting others in any circumstances by using a reasonable and fair behaviourMoreover to be assertive involves different approaches as emotions verballanguage and non-verbal language therefore it is not only about what I say also is abouthowI say something and what my body language reflects and the personal emotions involvedMotivation to be assertiveKelley 1979 introduced different reasons that explain why people decide to have an assertive behaviour where I identified the following reason as my personal motivations Firstly to have more control over my behaviour then to have a win-win result which will be reflected in reducing stress and the last and most significant motivator for me is to communicate what I feel think and want in the correct time under the correct circumstancesResponse stylesThere are different response styles which are non-assertive assertive and aggressive Kelley 1979 The aggressive response takes place when one person invades the others boundaries and involves different emotions as anger rage or hostility as a result the real message send is hidden which affects the final outputWhile being assertive means to be able to express anger at the situations not at the person and lets it be known what I desire without trying to dominate the other person Importance of assertiveness for my careerBehaviour at workBased on my previous work experience during the last four years my annual assessments Myers Brigg Type Indicator testand on the 360 degree feedback that my managers and colleagues had provided me I had been working on continue developing my strengths during the last couple of years However in my lastassessment my managers feedback was focusing on
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