How to be Assertive at Work Without Seeming Bossy: Ask Sarah


how to be assertive at work without being bossy

“How do I assert myself at work without seeming bossy?”

– Anne, 23

    It is certainly easy as a female to be accused of being bossy in a workplace environment. Do not allow this to stifle your place as a leader, however. The first thing you need to do is to place yourself in the right mindset. If you are afraid of coming across as bossy, then you might have a greater chance in doing so. If you view yourself as a leader instead, your entire person will change — everything from your body language to the way you delegate tasks.

The second thing to remember is that being a good leader is all about how you treat people. Keep firm, stand your ground, and never apologize for it, but also remember to treat your co-workers with respect. This will set you apart as a leader.

Lastly, the difference between a leader and boss is that a leader does just that: they lead. Delegate tasks but work with your team. Be willing to put in the time it takes to keep everyone working towards a common goal. Those under your leadership will appreciate it more if they see you at the helm instead of just standing by giving orders. 

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Sarah Clifford

Sarah Clifford is a writer and theatre actress from Charlotte, NC. She is in her second year of college at Central Piedmont, and pursuing an Art History degree. In her spare time she enjoys running, volunteering with the local animal shelter, reading art crime thrillers, and loving on her Terrier, Marty.