Assertiveness Style Profile

By: Worldwide Center for Organizational Development
Vendor: ChurchSmart Resources


Assertive communication involves gaining a deeper understanding of what goes on when you interact with others, particularly when there is an element of conflict present. This covers, of course, a lot of human experience.

Assertive people:
1. feel empowered - they do not feel that they are unjustly controlled by others
2. are proactive - they make things happen, instead of just waiting to respond to the words and actions of others (being reactive)
3. know their rights and responsibilities in dealing with others are able to resist any aggressive, manipulative or submissive ploys by other people.

A good definition of assertiveness is:

Getting what you desire from others without infringing upon their rights

To become firmly and positively assertive takes considerable practice for many people because successful efforts to be assertive arise from a strong feeling of self-worth, or high self-esteem, combined with a strong and positive belief about the intrinsic worth or value of others around you.

This Assertiveness Style Instrument is a self-scoring assessment designed to help you understand your own personal assertiveness style, preferences and behavior, and provide a basis for determining how you can adjust your assertiveness style to be more effective in the future.

Everyone has a unique assertiveness style, and there are no right or wrong answers in terms of which individual approach is best. In fact, people usually score in all four broad assertiveness styles, which means that they will draw upon each style to some extent when they connect with other people.

To enhance the insights gained from this Instrument and help with the development of the Personal Action Plan, we have developed the 12 Page Skill Builder Booklet