EP037: How to Disagree Assertively With Someone at Work

Learning how to disagree assertively with someone at work is a key skill that emerging leaders need to master. As you climb higher in the corporate world, you need to make your opinion known. You need to look like an independent thinker if you want to establish the reputation as a leader. And disagreeing with people at work when you need to or want to is a great way to do this.

However, disagreeing doesn’t come naturally to many people. If you’re more of a passive communicator, you’re likely to use a lot of indirect language when you disagree, causing your disagreement to sound weak. If you’re more of an aggressive communicator, your disagreements can sound too direct and overpowering.

There is a middle ground that is disagreeing assertively. This allows you to get your point across with confidence and conviction, while at the same time, maintaining a positive working relationship with the other person.

In this episode, How to Disagree Assertively With Someone at Work, I guide you through the 5-step strategy that will help you disagree assertively. I teach you the foundational concepts behind this strategy and give you example sentences to use in your next disagreement.

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What will you learn in this episode?

In “How to Disagree Assertively With Someone at Work”, you will learn: 

  • Two common problems when people disagree.
  • 5-step structure on how to disagree assertively, respectively and effectively with someone at work.
  • 1. Recognise the other persons’ viewpoint.
  • 2. Ask permission to disagree.
  • 3. Verbalise your disagreement.
  • 4. Support your opinion with a rationale.
  • 5. Circle back and ask for input/feedback.

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About Kara

Kara Ronin is the founder of Executive Impressions. She is an executive coach who specialises in leadership presence, social skills and business etiquette. She is also the creator of Bestselling Udemy course, Business Etiquette 101. Kara’s advice and unique perspectives have been featured in Time Inc., Business Insider, Ignites Europe (a Financial Times Service), The Muse, The Local France, The West Australian, and more. Kara works regularly with lawyers, investment bankers, and finance professionals to help them build presence, authority and influence in business. Get Kara's insights delivered straight to your inbox