Stand Up for Yourself
When you take a stand, do it respectfully. You don't have to put on a show to let someone know your position. Sometimes, the best way to stand up for yourself is no response at all. No emotion. No remark. Don't give their drama the oxygen it needs to continue. My mother used to say that you don't dignify stupidity with a response. Stand tall, but do so in a way that never compromises your self-respect.
Pick Your Battles
Sometimes things are not worth your energy. Don't dig in your heels about everything. Let others have some wins. This shows strength and leadership. You will win people to your way of thinking, as they won’t feel threatened by your presence. When you show your willingness to cede to them, you can develop a great working relationship from now on.
Try to keep anger out of the picture because it makes people react in ways they later regret. It’s okay to be firm when dealing with others, but there’s no reason to elevate the situation to where you get personal.
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This is great advice!