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To be more specific, organizations need more emotionally intelligent leaders that can be assertive when the situation warrants it. 

The definition of Assertiveness, relative to Emotional Intelligence, that we subscribe to is comprised of three basic elements:

  1. The ability to express feelings such as joy, content, anger, sorrow.
  2. The ability to express thoughts and beliefs openly (voice opinions, disagree, take a stand on something) even if you have something to lose and it is difficult for you.
  3. The ability to stand up for your personal rights (not allowing others to take advantage of you) in a socially acceptable way that is not offensive or destructive.