Debbie Rodrigues | Oct 1, 2018 | 0
The Evolving Role of Executive Assistants
The Executive Assistant role has dramatically evolved over the years, and it’s so much more than managing calendars and writing meeting notes.
If you’ve been in the industry for a while, you know we are increasingly seen as key players in shaping company culture, supporting DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) initiatives, and driving efficiency. Today, let’s talk about how you can fully embrace and leverage these changes to make an impact!
Your Role in Driving Company Culture and DEIB
You might not always realize it, but the EA’s role in fostering a strong company culture is significant. Let’s be honest, we’re more than just an assistant; we are the eyes and ears of the organization.
Through small actions like championing diverse voices and fostering open communication, we create an environment where everyone feels they belong.
I’ve found that sharing my own story has been a game-changer. It builds trust and opens the door for deeper connections. And this goes beyond just my immediate team.
From scheduling to strategy, we have a hand in crafting spaces that are inclusive and welcoming.
The Story You Tell: Unleashing the Power of Authentic Conversations
We EAs are the organizational glue, interacting with everyone from customers and suppliers to Board members. What better way to build trust and shape company culture than through the stories we tell?
Authentic conversations don’t just share snippets of our personal journey; they offer insights on how the various elements of our organizations fit together.
I encourage you to dig deep into storytelling. It will help you forge stronger bonds. If you’re still contemplating the power of your narrative, remember this: you are uniquely positioned to influence the culture and drive change in your organization.
Adaptability and Proactivity: The New EA Mantras
Once, our roles were quite straightforward. Today, they require a dynamic approach involving everything from project management to emotional intelligence.
I love to plan ahead and thinking about what needs to be done before it’s even mentioned. It’s what makes the work of today’s EA invaluable.
Being adaptable is crucial. Today, we’re not just an order-taker; we’re contributors who identify inefficiencies, grasp the goals of the organization, and help steer the ship. As continuous learners, ask for help and equally offer it to others.
Sharing Successes: Your Contribution Matters
Take a moment to share and celebrate your successes. Trust me; it’s easy to forget just how much of an impact we make, especially in the hustle of everyday tasks.
I encourage you to share your own stories and growth experiences, however big or small, because your work truly matters.
So, what are you most proud of?
Don’t underestimate your role as an EA in today’s dynamic work environment. You have the power to shape cultures, tell compelling stories, and drive meaningful change. Let’s champion a culture of inclusivity, growth, and efficiency, one day at a time! 🌟
Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences; let’s keep the conversation going on LinkedIn.