POWER Skills that fuel your career
To rise to the top of your field, you need a strong suite of executive assistant skills ranging from technical to administrative. But more than that, you need the interpersonal skills that will help you become a trusted partner and advisor to your boss.
I call these your POWER Skills. The (anything but) soft skills that allow you to be effective, not just efficient and allow you to show up as a Linchpin Assistant.
The Knowing Framework and the EA Competency Model are the foundation of my approach to executive assistant skill development. I’ll help you become a high-performing professional EA that knows how to:
When you work with me, you’re taking the first step toward a happier, more productive and more rewarding career.
You’ll have the confidence to provide the level of support your boss needs and expects.
Four Critical Pillars
Linchpin Assistants are...
My research and experience training and coaching assistants, as well as interviewing and engaging with the business leaders they support have convinced me there are FOUR pillars that underpin the Linchpin Assistant.
Commit to Success
Executive assistant skills that help you become the EA you want to be
Before I teach you the executive assistant skills you need to become a linchpin to your boss, we start by understanding the bigger picture. I purposefully developed The Knowing Framework to guide you through five key areas that help you spend more time showing up as a Linchpin Assistant.
Knowing your strengths and weaknesses. Self-reflection on goals and aspirations. Your unique value proposition.
Knowing Your POWER Skills
Knowing the soft skills that will POWER you in your role. Putting them into practice. Honing your superpower.
Knowing Your Organisation
Knowing who does what, why they do it, and why it's important.
Knowing Your Manager
Knowing what makes your boss tick. How to deepen your understanding and what to do with the information.
Knowing Your Job
Knowing the tasks you need to be effective and to be seen as delivering in your role. Developing a plan to improve your functional capability.
Optimise Your Value
The road to your success starts here
The EA Competency Model categorises executive assistants and administrative assistants based on their competencies. Which quadrant an EA fits into is determined by a set of characteristics like aptitude, development, mindset and experience.
It doesn’t matter where you sit in this model, with my coaching and training, you’ve got the ability to level up and become a linchpin.
10 executive assistant POWER skills to turn your career around
Communicate with self-awareness
so you can better advocate for and support your boss by executing their agenda and priorities
Negotiate for mutual benefit
and be in a better position to collaborate with stakeholders and achieve outcomes that align with your boss’s strategic vision
Influence without authority
so you can become an effective leader and influencer who brings people onboard to support your requests and the goals of your boss
and make your job easier by strengthening the partnership and collaboration you have with your boss
Engage in difficult conversations
so you can confidently tackle and resolve situations as successfully as possible
Show up as leader
so you can motivate and drive others to contribute to the strategic vision of your boss and your organisation
so you can become more productive, reach the top of your game and help your boss succeed
to help others learn and inspire them to reach their full potential so you can increase productivity across the team
and apply critical thinking so your boss can count on you to make quality judgement calls, handle more complex tasks and, ultimately, protect their time
and master your own time at the same time as effectively managing your boss’s schedule and agenda
‘What I know is that without developing your POWER skills you aren’t capable of stepping up into that top quadrant and being truly respected and valued for the contribution you make.’
Liz Van Vliet, Founder My EA Career
Executive assistant skills that give you the competitive edge
I work with talented EAs who:
Outcomes for EAs:
Outcomes for bosses and organisations:
Liz Is an inspiring and forward thinking leader who has strong and solid skills as a trainer and expertise in developing EAs ability to be effective through improving their communication and influencing skills.
Senior EA to the Board, Stowe Australia
Liz Van Vliet
Liz works with executive and administrative assistants to equip them with the skills and confidence they need to influence more effectively and to demonstrate the leadership and interpersonal skills to make them a linchpin to their boss and organisation.