Empowering Tips for the Administrative and Executive Assistant

Training for Executive and Administrative Assistants

The word Empower is not only the theme of the 26th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence it is used in a variety of situations and conversations. It is also an excellent mantra keyword and topic for personal and professional mission statements.

During conversations, I have had the privilege to have with Joan Burge she has always encouraged the true meaning of empowerment for all, especially those in the administrative profession.

There are several ways to feel empowered and encourage empowerment in others, these are tips for the administrative and executive assistant.

The main topic of most conversations, not only with myself but also with other professionals and conference and/or training attendees is encouraging everyone to:

  • Take control of their professional and personal life by being confident in their own abilities
  • Accepting challenges as opportunities to grow
  • Continuing to constantly learn & expand your knowledge beyond your own career field
  • Purposefully create opportunity in every situation (be purposefully visible)
  • Find your inner circle of support and actively connect with them
  • Set stretch goals
  • Celebrate accomplishments enthusiastically
  • Take pride in the profession
  • Make time for family, friends, faith, and fun
  • Accept projects that challenge you

Confidence is a major key component in embracing and defining your own empowerment focus. Whether you feel confident in your current abilities, experience, and comfortable with your personal and professional life or if you are feeling a lack of confidence, the empowering tips above can help you define your direction. Feeling less confident is not a weakness; it is an opportunity to focus on areas you can grow in.

Creating a mission statement or mantra and setting personal and professional goals can boost confidence and empower you. Confidence is being certain about the truth; knowing and appreciating one’s own abilities through that truth. To be certain of something you should feel comfortable and knowledgeable. Goals that include opportunities to learn, challenge comfort zones, inspire creating, connecting with supportive others, and promote inner happiness build confidence, which empowers individuals to accept and celebrate their unique qualities.

How do you encourage personal empowerment and inspire others to do the same?

Training for Executive and Administrative Assistants

Dana Buchanan is a 20 plus year professional assistant with a passion for writing and offers a unique and professional perspective to projects and brainstorming sessions! She enjoys helping others discover key steps toward their career focus, job search, or self-employment exploration by creating or editing resumes, researching a particular type of job search, discovering business ideas and the action needed to succeed and loves sharing interviewing tips! Dana is also available to speak to small groups.

You can read and follow Dana’s blogs at Success Encourager.



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3 thoughts on “Empowering Tips for the Administrative and Executive Assistant”

  1. Everyone is responsible for their own empowerment and success; however, having a manager who is on the same page makes a big difference in just how well that works.

    I have had incredible managers who interested in having their staff grow. I have had others who could not see past their own nose and had no idea what was really going on in their departments. And I have had some who were so controlling it was impossible to be empowered. It was also impossible to work like that, so I empowered myself into a new position.

    I wish more managers would realize what a valuable asset is sitting outside their office. And I wish more Admin support people would realize their own value.

    1. Melissa,
      I love that you said “so I empowered myself.” That is truly inspiring! I appreciate you sharing this great advice & encouragement!

      1. Melissa,

        Your comments are spot on. What truly stood out for me was your last paragraph – I wish more managers would realize what a valuable asset is sitting outside their office. And I wish more Admin support people would realize their own value. In my company, I’m still amazed at how many assistants do not recognize their own value and continue to have the attitude of “I just come in, do my job and go home!” We’ve come a long way but there’s still more work to be done. Thank you Joan for all that you do! This is an amazing profession!

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