The role of Executive Assistant now routinely includes the leadership of people, relationships, projects, and teams. This means that leading, influencing and managing power dynamics are now core competencies for all effective Executive Assistants.


However, as commented in a Harvard Business Review article, “becoming a leader involves much more than being put into a leadership role, acquiring new skills, and adapting one’s style to the requirements of that role. It involves a fundamental identity shift.”


In this new workshop, “Workplace Power and the Executive Assistant” you will explore the types of power and sources of influence held by Executive Assistants. You’ll learn tools for influencing and persuading in your role as an Executive Assistant. You’ll also discuss how to overcome the specific challenges faced by women in or aspiring to leadership roles. The aim of the workshop is to create a shift in thinking, enabling delegates to identify with their leadership, personal power, and influence.


The workshop is for Executive Assistants wishing to build personal credibility and influence, so they can lead and motivate people, work effectively within teams and manage diverse relationships and responsibilities – increasing their overall contribution to the organisation.


A refreshing and inspiring program that uses original and stimulating ideas, this workshop will be valuable for Executive Assistants at all levels.


(9:00 am - 12:30 am, including a working Morning Tea)
An appreciation of how power operates in the workplace in general, and how it is applied in your workplace, in particular, is essential for the Executive Assistant to navigate the organisational landscape, and to get things done.
As an Executive Assistant, you need to be aware of power dynamics and confidently stand in your own power. This will enable you to take a valuable ‘seat at the leadership table’, and to use your influence, and the power attached to your role, appropriately.
In this session, you’ll explore different sources of workplace power and influence. You will also learn how to draw upon these in a range of contexts.
Key features of this session include:

Identify and capitalise on the varied forms of workplace power and their dynamic;
Eliminate ‘low power’ verbal patterns when communicating at work;
The importance of 'Associated Power' in the role of Executive Assistant;
Use 6 sources of influence to lead when you don’t have ‘Positional Power’;
Influence and negotiate from a position of strength through the use of situational appropriate power.


(12:30pm - 2:00pm)


(2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, including a working Afternoon Tea)
A significant body of research shows that for women, a subtle gender bias still persists in organisations and in society in general. Despite progress being made, women in leadership roles still face a unique set of challenges.
This session is designed to explore the unique challenges Executive Assistants can have in their leadership positions, with a specific focus on building credibility and speaking to be heard.
Key features of this session include:

Deepen your understanding of the challenges face by women in influential positions;
Build a credible leadership brand as an Executive Assistant;
The language of Influence;
Methods for work effectively in male-dominated groups.