If you have been reading the Practically Perfect PA blog for a while, you will know that I often tell Assistants that they have to read EVERYTHING, which includes emails, reports, the intranet, the internet, business guides, your Executive’s magazines and newspapers. Really anything else that you can get your hands on that will develop your career, your business acumen and your overall skills and competencies. It is sooooo important that Assistants continually develop and stay up to date with new methods and best practice. But, you should also make sure you have the basics covered and there really isn’t a better place to start than with a good old-fashioned book. There are lots of great books out there for Assistants that focus solely on the role and our profession. Today, I thought I’d give you a few suggestions, these are 5 books for Executive Assistants and they all cover the fundamentals that you will need to succeed as an EA.

5 Books for Executive Assistants

Not “Just An Admin” by Peggy Vasquez

Published in 2014, this book is for any Assistant who has uttered that phrase ‘I’m just an Admin’. The book sets out to show Assistants the power, value and respect that can be gained when you realise you are never just anything!

The CEO’s Secret Weapon: How Great Leaders and Their Assistants Maximize Productivity and Effectiveness by Jan Jones

Jan Jones’ book really is a no-nonsense look at how Assistants can maximise the productivity of Executives. The book is written for Executive’s who are looking to work effectively with their Assistant, but it is an excellent read for EAs who want to develop a significant strategic partnership with their boss.

The Definitive Executive Assistant and Managerial Handbook: A Professional Guide to Leadership for all PAs, Senior Secretaries, Office Managers and Executive Assistants by Sue Frances

The Definitive Executive Assistant and Managerial Handbook was the first book I read when I started as an EA. It is packed full of beneficial information and tips for getting the fundamentals and the practical aspects of the role right. It is still relevant having been revised in 2015.

The New Executive Assistant: Exceptional executive office management by Jonathan McIlroy

The newest book in this list. The New Executive Assistant is for EAs and their Executive’s who want to create exceptional partnerships to drive their business forward. The book is full of practical advice that both Assistants and Executives can put into place that will help create a successful working relationship.

Become A Procedures Pro: The Admin’s Guide to Developing Effective Office Systems and Procedures by Julie Perrin

I love all of Julie’s books; they are all essential reading for EAs. ‘Become A Procedures Pro’ helps Assistants navigate office systems and procedures. Regarding getting the basics right. This is a must read because all Assistants have to create methods, work within difficult office systems and often we have to set up processes that will make our colleagues more efficient. This is the place to start to get to grips with all of that!

Are you a new Assistant?

Our eBook, ‘Starting out as a New Assistant‘, is designed to help you navigate the first few months of your new role. Here you will find everything you need for the initial first meeting with your Executive. You will also find articles on how to navigate the tricky world of working with the Executive Team, building rapport with your new Executive and advice on how you can work effectively with a boss who has never had an Assistant before.

5 Books for Executive Assistants

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