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The Leader Assistant

For Jeremy Burrows, author of The Leader Assistant, everyone is a leader. The difference according to Jeremy, lies in the degree in which you influence others. As an executive assistant, Jeremy has worked for many different leaders. Through this role, he has come to recognize that the two most common themes for leaders are confidence and humility. Too much confidence, and others may find the leader to be arrogant. On the flip side of that coin, leaders can’t be too humble either. What Jeremy has found makes the best blend are leaders who exhibit equal amounts of both, what he calls “humble confidence”.

“The biggest key to confidence is knowing that you are a valuable human no matter how you perform at work or what others say about you.”

“The biggest key to confidence is knowing that you are a valuable human no matter how you perform at work or what others say about you.”Everyone makes mistakes, but those with humble confidence recognize mistakes are part of the overall human experience. He goes on, “if I screw up and do something stupid, I have to remind myself that just because I screwed up, it doesn’t impact my value as a human being.”

Recognizing that you are human is actually one example of a quality that according to Jeremy, can benefit you in your career at a given company: emotional intelligence. An emotionally intelligent person looks at mistakes as a normal occurrence and not a sign of a personal failing. For example, if someone is late to a meeting, instead of assuming that the person doesn’t care or is lazy, the emotionally intelligent individual seeks to understand why the person is late. The other quality according to Jeremy, is artificial intelligence.

if I screw up and do something stupid, I have to remind myself that just because I screwed up, it doesn’t impact my value as a human being.

There may be no better way to future proof your career than taking advantage of artificial intelligence. For the executive assistant, this means utilizing available technology and software to automate as much of their job as they can. By automating the very tasks that you were hired to perform manually, you signal to your employer that you understand the importance of efficiency and innovation and can take on even more. Not only that, but automation can help stave off burnout. The very act of learning how to utilize automation and artificial intelligence to benefit your job can free you from the more mundane aspects of your job.

Jeremy talks at length about these issues in his new book, The Leader Assistant. We thank Jeremy for his time and can’t wait to see how his book will benefit others. Thank you, Jeremy!

 

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