“I’m a neutral, and independent advisor to my Executive, who enables the day-to-day management routines that enhance the effectiveness of my boss, and the organisation as a whole. I operate as a business manager in my own right – and I am an integral part of the management team. Moreover, I strive to demonstrate leadership qualities and align my behaviours to this goal accordingly. I am not a business partner as I sit in the core of the business; and I am not an optional extra – my role is mandatory to the success of my Executive. I work in the space of management, allowing my boss to focus on the bigger aspects of leadership.”
This slide is part of Adam Fidler’s best-selling, 2-day Strategic Executive Assistant programme, but went viral on social media in December 2016, following his presentation of it at the inaugural Executive & Personal Assistants Association (EPAA) Conference in London on 25 November 2016. Adam’s rendition of the EA role seems to have struck a chord with EAs the world over!