In 2020, assistants faced an array of challenges in the workplace and the future has already shown to be just as challenging. Your ability to thrive and navigate through the uncertainties thrown your way will require a particular skill set – timeless skills. As companies re-shift their goals this year, and executives are faced with pressure to deliver, your role as a strategic business partner will be counted on. So, do you have the skills needed for assistants to excel and most importantly; are you prepared to face reshaped, recalibrated, and in some instances, completely changed expectations?
The Top 4 Timeless Skills for Assistants And Their Benefits
Whether you’ve returned to the office or are still working remotely, the right decorum under pressure and articulation can get you noticed. Executives want to know you can facilitate decision-making, and lead when they are tied up in other areas. Are you seen as an asset in your company? Likewise, can you bring forth the types of ideas that will keep you visible to your executive, department, and office?
Nobody likes change but it is necessary to grow. The There’s not enough time in the day line isn’t cutting it in 2021 and beyond. Executives and employers alike want to know you can take a task or project, phase it out, and create an action plan. So, becoming more self-reliant is a quality that won’t go unnoticed.
The most effective communicators make it a habit to acknowledge. As a result, they are able to tactfully work through barriers rather than go around them. Along with this, you will need to use emotional intelligence to acknowledge situations, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict.
Improve Not Approve
Your ability to handle criticism and provide feedback can also be quite beneficial to your role and career. Also, you can learn a lot from both. The insights and perspectives shared can actually create a bond and trust between you and your executive because it shows you are invested in your future and want to improve.
Here are some skills to take note of:
- Choosing your attitude.
- Focusing on self-change and being results-driven.
- Clarifying your leader’s expectations to build a strategic partnership.
- Helping your leader maintain a competitive edge.
- Actualizing your professional goals.
- Bringing your personal brand to the front stage.
- Bounce back skills to get you through turbulent times and beyond.
- Success strategies for operating in a never-before-experienced work environment.
- Critical “reset” skills to better navigate the current business climate.
- Integrating digital work, community, and collaboration.
SOURCE: Office Dynamics