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Or do you work in a situation where a persuasive, quiet approach is sometimes more esteemed?Whether your assertiveness will be rewarded also depends on your gender.

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Ames also suggests you complete “a success inventory” to understand whether your style is effective.

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO of 20-first, one of the world’s leading gender consulting firms, and author of warns that women who ask for what they want are often described as “bitchy and aggressive.” Ames agrees: “The range of latitude for women is smaller for what they can get away with,” he says.

Consider the implications of your behavior before you alter it.

“Connect with work colleagues who are only casual acquaintances.

Socialize with colleagues in a way that breaks down barriers,” Ames recommends.

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