Ask for feedback
During your one-to-one meetings with your Executive (that are about your personal development), you should ask for input on the skills that make you a leader, such as taking the initiative, understanding the way the business works, motivating others, taking responsibility for your work and the success of the business.
There are many leadership skills that you can acquire, and it would be good to get feedback on what areas you can improve. If you work with teams or project groups, you should also ask for feedback after finishing the project.
Have those difficult conversations
Difficult conversations are always hard to have, but when you think about it often, something positive comes out when you have these difficult conversations.
Real leaders can initiate these types of discussions and structure them to make them worthwhile.
Understand your strengths and weaknesses
Having self-awareness is an excellent strength for Assistants to have in general, but for leaders being aware of their strengths and weakness is essential.
If you can, complete a survey like Insights Discovery or Myers Briggs to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie as a leader, and then you will have a good understanding of the areas you can work on.
Though the journey towards leadership can be intimidating, we believe in the potential of Assistants everywhere and know that with just a few steps, you can all make an impact. The five strategies outlined are an excellent starting point to help you thrive in any professional environment, so take them and run with them!
You have all of the capabilities necessary; it’s up to you to unlock and hone those skills as an Assistant leader. Ready for more? Take it further by enrolling in our Strategic Business Partner Online Course. A place where experts in the field show you how to reach the skills of a modern Executive and Personal Assistance leader, from how to communicate effectively with key stakeholders and departments to assisting with performance reviews and projects. With our support, you will be prepared for any challenge that comes your way and be ready to make powerful waves.