Leadership

Right out of the gate, the smart, new administrative professional recognizes the implicit choice to either follow the crowd or to be a pacesetter. Here are 10 ways new administrative professionals can strengthen and capitalize on their abilities, get noticed, and stay competitive in this ever-evolving field.

Right out of the gate, the smart, new administrative professional recognizes the implicit choice to either follow the crowd or to be a pacesetter.

Here are 10 ways new administrative professionals can strengthen and capitalize on their abilities, get noticed, and stay competitive in this ever-evolving field.

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The Big 5 Personality Traits of Leaders

By Kathryn Hawkins

Psychologists have developed a set of dimensions that are used to define the human personality, which every individual falling somewhere on the scale for each trait. Although organizational leaders don’t all behave in similar ways, a number of studies have found similarities in how they rank on the “Big 5” personality scale.

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Administrative professionals tend to know the ins and outs of their organizations better than anyone else in the company and juggle multiple roles throughout the day. Unfortunately, they often miss out on opportunities to demonstrate their business knowledge and leadership skills. Without a managerial title, it can be hard to find opportunities to show your leadership potential, which can make it more difficult to get promoted within your organization or find a new career. If you’re ready to show your potential, here are some leadership qualities you can and should develop even if you have no official authority at work.

Administrative professionals tend to know the ins and outs of their organizations better than anyone else in the company and juggle multiple roles throughout the day.

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While many managers may think that their administrative employees are easily replaceable in today’s job market with so many people still unemployed, losing a talented administrative professional is still costly.

The classic 80s movie, "9 to 5," depicts managers and executives as sexist and obnoxious male dictators who treat their female administrative staff as second-class citizens not worthy of respect, recognition or promotion. Thankfully, perceptions of administrative professionals have changed dramatically as they continue to bring a variety of critical skills to their employers and are often the backbone of an organization.

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Empowering diversity means more than having people of different ethnicities, genders, abilities, sizes, sexual orientation and ages working with you. It requires seeing what we share, acknowledging the challenges we each face, and being open to celebrating the richness our differences offer. Here are seven ways to move into empowering diversity.

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3 Steps To Great Leadership Qualities

Leadership. It’s a hot topic of career conversations that fuels a multi-billion dollar self-help industry. From highly effective habits to leadership models and personal accounts of extraordinary life-and-death circumstances—the topic touches everyone in some facet of their career.

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Six Key Principles For New Supervisors

Okay, so you’ve been promoted to a supervisory position and you want to be successful but, dang, it’s tough out there, right? Here are some guidelines to help you through the maze.

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7 Must-Have Leadership Skills For Administrative Professionals

No matter your day-to-day responsibilities or your specific role in your organization, you are a leader. Honing your leadership skills in the workplace helps you gain confidence, improves your work satisfaction, strengthens your resume, and sets you up for success in all you do! You and your work are in the spotlight during Administrative Professionals Week, so this is a great time to focus on the strengthening your skills as a leader of your office team.

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From CEO to Assistant: Leadership Begins with You

By Tatiana Sehring

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The Not-So-Secret Powers of an Administrative Assistant

By Ross Shafer:

I'm always stunned when I hear an administrative professional say, "I don't have the authority to make that decision." You're kidding, right?! You spend more time in the belly of the beast than the boss.

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