Following the line of transversal competencies, which are now the new benchmark in talent selection assessment, we now present leadership assertiveness.

This transversal competency is specific to managerial functions and is essential for high-level positions. However, while few managers can claim to have mastered this skill, it is always possible to develop it by working on oneself to become a complete leader.

Deal with what happens.

Assertiveness in leadership represents:

  • The ability to speak assertively.
  • Knowing how to set limits when the situation requires it.
  • The ability to assert oneself in complex situations.
  • Being aware of one’s own potential and limitations.
  • To put their emotions at the service of their function.
  • To turn their fears into a strength to have the courage to be, think and do the right thing.

With these skills being part of the staff in managerial positions, one can expect unifying, reassuring, visionary and decisive leaders.

5 elements of assertiveness in leadership.

For leadership assertiveness it is important to have a good balance between control and transmitting one’s own vision, knowing how to drive the dynamics and avoid being intrusive with the work team. In this way, we will find a manager who is able to be ambitious and at the same time be moderate so as not to focus on himself, leading by example, motivating self-determination and taking the time to recognize his mistakes.

Interest and Motivation
What do your candidates like to do? Relating enjoyment and satisfaction to an activity helps to develop these transversal skills and seek continuous improvement. When you have a motivated manager, you know that they are looking to improve themselves and help develop the rest of the team by getting used to stepping out of their comfort zone and stimulating the idea of being a reference.

Assertiveness in leadership is one of the skills most in need of emotional competencies. You need to identify a high level of self-awareness and humility, both to develop yourself and to allow others to develop and grow. A manager with this competence, is empathetic and assertive, solves difficult situations and communicates with diplomacy and clarity, acting with benevolence and firmness.

Cognitive Skills
The cognitive skills necessary for assertiveness in leadership are advanced, as they should enable you to have a global vision of things, to quickly identify what is at stake in a situation, to evaluate the subtleties of a person’s speech and to understand its value and give appropriate responses in all circumstances. Your capacity for critical analysis, good judgment and logical reasoning skills will enable you to be autonomous and reliable when making decisions in very complex situations.

While leadership assertiveness can be found in all work environments, it will be most useful in situations where the focus is on performance as well as people. It will allow a focus on performance and self-improvement, while still considering the well-being and inclusion of the team and team spirit.

How to develop assertiveness in leadership?

In the case of leadership assertiveness, it is necessary to work on self-knowledge through individual coaching using NLP in order to understand who we are and define our strengths, resources, values and vulnerabilities.

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