The trait that I admire most in exceptional leaders (think Oprah Winfrey and Brene Brown) is the time they dedicate to learning new things. I love that they read, take on new ideas and concepts and never stop growing. This is something that I always try to find time for, and I think it is essential for Assistants to do the same. I get how hard it is to find a space in your business schedule for career development. Let’s face it, picking up a career book probably isn’t top of your priority list when you do have some downtime. But, there are so many great resources out there that can propel your career forward. I’ve put together a list of eight great business books for strategic Assistants. If you want to take your job to the next level and work as a business asset and strategic partner – these are the books that will help you get there!

Eight great business books for strategic Assistants

So good they can’t ignore you by Cal Newport

Favourite quote: “Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before. In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it.”

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

Favourite quote: “Powerful people initiate speech more often, talk more overall, and make more eye contact while they’re speaking than powerless people do. When we feel powerful, we speak more slowly and take more time. We don’t rush. We’re not afraid to pause. We feel entitled to the time we’re using.”

Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams by Barbara Sher

Favourite quote: “You can waste a perfectly good life trying to meet the standards of someone who thinks you’re not good enough because they can’t understand who you are.”

Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman

Favourite quote: “People’s emotions are rarely put into words, far more often they are expressed through other cues.
the key to intuiting another’s feelings is in the ability to read nonverbal channels, tone of voice, gesture, facial expression and the like.”

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

Favourite quote: “People can have two different mindsets, she says. Those with a “fixed mindset” believe that their talents and abilities are carved in stone. Those with a “growth mindset” believe that their talents and abilities can be developed. Fixed mindsets see every encounter as a test of their worthiness. Growth mindsets see the same encounters as opportunities to improve.”

Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi

Favourite quote: “I’ve come to believe that connecting is one of the most important business—and life—skill sets you’ll ever learn. Why? Because, flat out, people do business with people they know and like. Careers—in every imaginable fieldwork the same”

Give & Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant

Favourite quote: “This is what I find most magnetic about successful givers: they get to the top without cutting others down, finding ways of expanding the pie that benefit themselves and the people around them. Whereas success is zero-sum in a group of takers, in groups of givers, it may be true that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”

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