Yes. A great definition to remember for assertiveness is the ‘Art of Confident Communication’.
Here are a few others:
- Confident and direct in dealing with others.
- Upholding one’s integrity and dignity while recognising and encouraging this behaviour in others.
(Integrity – the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.)
(Dignity – a sense of pride in oneself; self-respect.)
Assertiveness is not about just getting what you want. It isn’t about letting other people have what they want just to be liked. Assertiveness is about being able to communicate your side of things, asking for what you want and describing how you feel in a calm, controlled and confident manner.