October 4, 2010 / 9:54 AM / 9 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: Master the art of being assertive

A senior officer addresses gathered soldiers before a 24 hour Cavalry "Spur Ride" exercise for members of the US Army's 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment in Fort Drum, New York September 29, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

“Overtly assertive bosses can be seen as bullying and overbearing. But, bosses who tend to hold back may be considered wimps. Good bosses find a balance between the two. This doesn’t mean you should try to be moderately assertive all the time. Instead, be prepared to use both approaches in different situations. Your team members may need you to challenge them to accomplish a particularly tough goal. Or you may need to be more passive to let them step up. Be flexible. Use your emotional intelligence to determine when being assertive will be motivating rather than stifling, and laying low will be appropriate rather than discouraging.”

- Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “The Delicate Art of Being Perfectly Assertive” by Robert I. Sutton.

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