Melanie asks how to be assertive without seeming pushy.

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The audience at The Oprah Show is full of young go-getters all with questions for Cathie. Melanie is about to graduate from Northwestern University and begin her job search. "As a young woman in the workplace, how do you assert yourself in a leadership position without coming across as pushy or harsh?" she says.

"I don't think you need to worry about it, because a guy wouldn't think twice about it," Cathie says. "If he has seen a goal, he's going to do whatever he has to do to meet that goal, so I wouldn't worry so much about being pushy. I don't think there's anything wrong with being assertive and aggressive and kind of thinking of your plan and [going] for it."
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Published on January 01, 2006

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