For years, I thought leaders were the ones in charge or the ones with essential titles. It turns out, everyone has influence and is a leader to those around them – even if they don’t acknowledge it. 

Do you see yourself as a leader? 

Today I’d like to share a letter with you – my fellow assistants. I shared this on goburrows.com a while back, and it turned out to be one of the most popular posts on my blog. I received comments from assistants all over the world thanking me for encouraging them to see themselves as leaders.  

For some context, I’ve published two open letters to executives. 

In the first letter, I asked executives to respect assistants. I was brutally honest and called out abusive and manipulative executives. Some of you may want to share this post as it may hit too close to home. 

In the second letter, I thanked all the fantastic executives I’ve worked with for respecting and empowering assistants like myself. You may have had the same experience. If so, great! 

I’ve received so much encouraging feedback for sharing each of the above letters, and I’m grateful to have reached so many people! 

30-Day Assistant Challenge 

But before I get to the letter, I want to quickly share a project I’ve been working on. 

What if you opened your inbox every weekday for 30 days and received an encouraging and challenging email to help you be a more productive and respected leader?  

This is exactly what you’ll get if you take the 30-Day Assistant Challenge with myself and fellow assistants from around the world. 🙂 

Members will get an email every weekday for 30 days that will include a bite-sized challenge you can tackle that day. 

I’m excited to offer PPPA readers like you a special rate for this online mini-course!  

You’ll find special discounted pricing just for you via this link -> 

30-Day Assistant Challenge (PPPA Discount Pricing) 

I hope you can join us!  

Now, back to you being a leader… 

A Letter to Assistants 

If you’re an Executive Assistant, Personal Assistant, Physician’s or Dental Assistant, Pastor’s Assistant, Office Assistant, Virtual Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Coach’s Assistant, or a combination of all of the above, this is for you! 

My Fellow Assistants, 

Thank you for replying to that email.  

Thank you for picking up lunch, creating that slide deck, and booking that flight – all at the last minute.  

Thank you for fixing a typo that would’ve made your boss look unprofessional.  

Thank you for taking out the trash and ordering more toilet paper. Thank you for cleaning that coffee spill off the conference room carpet.  

Thank you for helping that new hire figure out the office printer.  

Thank you for drafting that proposal while your manager was out sick. 

Thank you for scheduling meetings, re-scheduling meetings, taking notes in meetings, cancelling pointless meetings, and getting the best snacks for meetings. 

Without you, things fall apart. Without you, there’s chaos. Without you, your boss’ growth is stunted. 

You are a go-getter, task-doer, copy-maker, travel-booker, get-things-done rockstar assistant.  

Executives, managers, vendors, janitors, and other assistants are grateful for the things you do!  

You Are A Leader 

I want to take the rest of this note to talk about who you are, not just what you do.  

You are crucial to the success of your organisation and your direct supervisor. In fact, you are one of the most valuable members of the team, and the things you do makeup just a fraction of that value. 

You are what I like to call a “Leader Assistant.”  

Take a few minutes to look past your to-do list full of menial tasks and think about your others-first mindset, your decision-making skills, and your key tribal knowledge. Your ability to anticipate where the executive team is headed. Your confidence. These are just a few of the leadership skills you possess as an assistant. I could list many more, but I’ll save them for another post. Instead, I simply want to encourage you to be a confident leader! 

In closing, here is a quote on leadership from Jim Yong Kim to get your mind stirring… 

“…for me, the most fundamental thing about leadership is to have the humility to continue to get feedback and to try to get better – because your job is to try to help everybody else get better.” 

You are a leader. Go lead! 

Sincerely,  

Jeremy Burrows, Your Fellow Leader Assistant 

P.S. – Don’t forget to take advantage of the special discounted pricing for the 30-Day Assistant Challenge here -> 30-Day Assistant Challenge (PPPA Special Pricing) 

 

*This post originally appeared on GoBurrows.com and was repurposed for publishing on practicallyperfectpa.com.

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This is a guest post from Jeremy Burrows at GoBurrows.com. Jeremy will be speaking at this October’s Virtual Summit. For more details head over to the Virtual Summit website.  If you would like to write for Practically Perfect PA please review our guidelines and get in touch. 

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