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You can stand up for what you believe in, advocate for yourself and for others, and be sure that credit is given where it’s due.
But when does assertiveness cross over into the territory of being intimidating?
Your co-workers may be bullying you if they give you the "silent treatment" or otherwise consistently ostracize you. Superiors, peers or even subordinates may sabotage your work to provide a pretext for disciplining you or even firing you.
Keep your emotions in check -- the company may be secretly waiting for an excuse to fire him, and if your tormentor explodes in anger and you don't, you may have given your company just the pretext it needs to do so.
“Being open and authentic to others, and giving them a reason for your actions not only humanizes you but also increases your likeability,” says Flores.
She also points out that self-awareness is critical to personal growth, so knowing exactly which of your actions is making others uncomfortable will be worth it in the long run..
“This is potentially a problem not only because it repels others, but also because it doesn’t give them the opportunity to contribute and feel valued.” It’s true that if one person is dominating a team, the other members will become less invested, feeling as if their contributions don’t matter or won’t be acknowledged.
“What is critical,” says Traeger, “is that others have the opportunity to struggle, learn and grow.”.