Create influence in the workplace
So how do you create influence in the workplace so that you are not challenged by the outdated stereotypes that exist in the industry?
Assistants can influence their organisations by actively working with their colleagues and Executives. This involves being proactive, assertive, and confident in your interactions. Do not shy away from speaking up, sharing your ideas and perspectives, and participating in decision-making. By demonstrating your expertise, competence, and professionalism, you can gain the respect and recognition of your colleagues and executives.
Furthermore, Assistants can build influence by developing positive working relationships with their colleagues and Executives.
Building rapport, trust, and mutual respect can help us establish ourselves as valuable team members and partners in the workplace. We can collaborate with our colleagues, provide support, and contribute to the success of our teams and organisations. Our ability to work well with others and be a team player can enhance our influence and contribute to our overall effectiveness in our roles.
It’s also crucial for Assistants to continuously invest in their professional development. This can involve seeking training opportunities, staying up-to-date with industry trends and best practices, and continually improving our skills and knowledge. By constantly growing and improving, we can demonstrate our commitment to our profession and organisation and position ourselves as experts in our field.
We can influence and create positive change in our organisations as Assistants. By challenging stereotypes, actively working with our colleagues and Executives, building positive relationships, and investing in our professional development, we can add value to our roles and ensure that our colleagues and those around us understand our importance to our organisations. It’s time to break free from outdated stereotypes and embrace the true professionalism and expertise of the modern Assistant.
Taken collectively, to confront the challenges of being an Assistant and influential professional, we must ensure we are always informed. Our proactive approach must be coupled with essential skills such as influencing and communicating our value to ensure that Assistants are considered equal team members.
At Practically Perfect PA, we have been running training sessions for Assistants for many successful years, allowing us to debunk the stereotype. We created the Assistant Essentials Online Course so everyone can benefit from this unique program and better understand their critical role in the business. With this approach, we can fight against the traditional stereotypes of being an Assistant.