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How can a leader balance assertiveness and authenticity?

Balancing assertive leadership and authentic leadership traits can be challenging for leaders, but it is not impossible. Here are some strategies to maintain this balance:

  1. Self-Awareness: Understanding one’s own emotions, strengths, weaknesses, values, and beliefs is crucial. Leaders need to reflect on their authentic selves and how this influences their assertiveness. This helps ensure that assertiveness is genuine and not a forced trait.
  2. Express Opinions Respectfully: Leaders can be assertive by expressing their thoughts and opinions, but they should do so in a respectful manner that values others’ perspectives. This shows authenticity by illustrating they genuinely respect and value their team.
  3. Clear Communication: Clear, honest, and open communication is a key aspect of both assertiveness and authenticity. Leaders should communicate their expectations clearly, provide honest feedback, and remain open to feedback from others.
  4. Active Listening: While assertiveness involves speaking up, it’s equally important for leaders to listen actively to their team members’ ideas and concerns. This not only shows respect for others’ opinions but also demonstrates authenticity by showing a genuine interest in others.
  5. Considerate Decision Making: Assertive leaders make decisions confidently, but they should also consider the feelings and opinions of others. This means taking the time to understand different perspectives before making a decision, which shows authenticity.
  6. Consistency: Being consistent in behaviour and decisions is key. Leaders need to be assertive consistently, not only in certain situations. Similarly, authenticity requires consistency. If leaders are not consistent, they may appear disingenuous or indecisive.
  7. Emotional Intelligence: Emotional intelligence, or the ability to understand and manage emotions, is crucial. It helps leaders to be assertive without being aggressive, and it enables them to display their true feelings in a way that is appropriate and professional.

By incorporating these strategies, leaders can balance being assertive—standing firm in their decisions and speaking up—with being authentic—staying true to themselves and showing genuine respect for others. This balance can result in more effective leadership and a more positive and productive team environment.

Need Some Professional Advice & Guidance?

Working with a leadership coach can offer personalised assistance, encouragement, and constructive criticism, aiding you in refining your assertiveness skills and integrating them more efficiently into your leadership style. Through custom-made exercises, introspection, and valuable feedback, leadership coaches can modify their strategies to your particular requirements, ensuring you experience the full advantages of assertive leadership in your professional growth journey.

By collaborating with a leadership coach who is an expert in self-awareness and the assertive leadership mindset, you’ll gain access to a treasure trove of wisdom and experience, empowering you to deepen your comprehension of these principles and implement them more effectively in your career. This collaboration can expedite your personal and professional development, resulting in a more rewarding and influential career.

Never undervalue the potential of professional guidance when it comes to mastering self-awareness and mindfulness. By investing in a leadership coach, you’re investing in your own growth and your ability to make a substantial positive impact on those you guide.

How Can Sarah Jones Coaching Help? 

Developing your mindset and skillset requires more than just theoretical knowledge. It requires practice, feedback, and guidance from experienced professionals who can help cultivate the mindset and skillset needed to make mindfulness a central tenet of your leadership style. This is where Sarah Jones Coaching comes in.

As the founder of Sarah Jones Coaching, I am an experienced, professional leadership coach who specialises in helping individuals and organisations develop leadership skills. My coaching programmes are designed to enhance assertiveness, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, empathy, adaptability, systemic thinking, and servant leadership, while also promoting stakeholder engagement, innovation, sustainability, and positive social and environmental impact.

With my guidance, leaders can learn how to make better decisions, build more effective teams, and create a culture of purpose, values, and impact.

The first part of this process is to discuss your unique set of circumstances to identify areas in which you excel and areas we can improve, though a confidential and free consultation process. At the end of this consultation process I will create a coaching programme, tailored to your specific needs.

Depending on your unique set of circumstances, your tailored coaching programme could be very short and be accomplished in a few coaching sessions. In other cases, more development may be required over a longer period.  

The first step in this process is getting in touch with me.

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The first step in your development journey is getting a professional assessment on the what practical steps you can take to develop and improve your skillset, mindset and prospects. 

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Need Some Free Advice?

If you’re lacking assertiveness, then you should book a date in your calendar for a free Sarah Jones Coaching webinar, entitled “Assertive Communications for Leadership”.

On Tuesday 1st August 2023 from 12:00 to 12:40pm you are invited to join us and benefit from some professional insights, guidance, tips, and advice on how to overcome a lack of assertiveness and avoid its pitfalls.

The webinar agenda will be as follows:

  • Understand what assertiveness is and how it differs from aggression and passivity
  • Identify the benefits of assertiveness for leaders and teams
  • Learn how to identify signs of a lack of assertiveness in yourself and others
  • Understanding the negative consequences of not being assertive
  • Learning key assertive communication skills
  • Master techniques to enhance assertiveness
  • Questions and Answers

Assertive Communications for Leadership

Webinar - 1st August 2023 at 12pm

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