Hofstede identified the Filipinos to be naturally unassertive. With a power distance score of 94 in his study entitled “Dimensions of Organizational Culture”, Hofstede labeled the Philippines to be living in a hierarchal society. He further explained that we strictly respect rankings and follow authority with little to no contentions. This means that even if we have something to say, it is our second nature to stay silent because we’re not used to standing up to authority.
Is this a bad thing? Being passive or unassertive creates a lot of misconceptions. For one, a person who refuses to speak up might be labeled as gullible and incompetent. This could place the person at a disadvantage in the workplace.
To prevent this from happening, employees are encouraged to be assertive by speaking up and asking questions. Being assertive helps all parties involved to reach win-win decisions.
However, there is a line between being assertive and being demanding or aggressive. To help differentiate between being passive, assertive, and aggressive, the infographic below summarizes the mindset, approaches, and behaviors of the said communication styles.
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