The Leader Assistant: Four Pillars of a Confident, Game-Changing Assistant
Assistant, you are a leader.
As an assistant, you constantly face obstacles that hold you back from accomplishing your career goals. Whether it’s a job change, shifting deadlines, a micromanaging executive, a toxic co-worker, a high-pressure project, or an intense negotiation with a vendor, the administrative profession is not for the faint of heart.
If you’re looking to maintain the status quo and be “just an assistant,” this book is not for you. But, if you want the confidence and ability to conquer the challenges that most try to avoid, then you’re in the right place.
The Leader Assistant outlines four pillars—embody the characteristics, employ the tactics, engage in relationships, and exercise self-care—that will help you rediscover your passion for the profession and become a confident, future-proof, game-changing Leader Assistant. If you neglect even one pillar, you’ll head for burnout, stagnation, and anonymity. You are meant for so much more. Are you ready to be the Leader Assistant the world needs?
“Jeremy’s book infuses assistants with a blend of practical expertise and insightful wisdom that inspires confidence, promotes leadership, and increases enthusiasm for this essential role.”
—Peggy Grande, Former Executive Assistant to President Ronald Reagan
“In a clear and compelling style, Jeremy offers relevant, up-to-the-minute nuts-and-bolts advice for assistants at every level. He is a refreshing and important voice in the administrative professional landscape. If you’re serious about working as a true business partner, this book is required reading.”
—Bonnie Low-Kramen, thought leader and author of Be the Ultimate Assistant
“Jeremy is thoughtful, thought-provoking, and he’s walked a mile in my shoes. If you want to be a better assistant, read this book!”
—Melinda Vail-Goodnight, executive assistant, Southwest Airlines
“He’s the best daddy ever!”
—Weston and Silas, sons of the author, expert LEGO builders
“Jeremy is blazing a new trail. This concept of the Leader Assistant is woefully understudied. Jeremy is methodically leading the exploration of one of the most potent active ingredients in organizations today. I urge you to embrace his important redefinition of the executive assistant.”
—Larry Zarin, retired SVP and chief marketing officer, Express Scripts
“Jeremy’s book is full of actionable, practical advice, and reads like he’s sitting in the room having a conversation with you. The Leader Assistant is a must-read for any assistant looking to level up, and any CEO looking to create a more productive working relationship with their assistant.”
—Jess Lindgren, host of the Ask an Assistant Podcast and EA to Pat Flynn, host of The Smart Passive Income Podcast
“This. Book. Is. Spot. On. Jeremy is the real deal–he was ‘walking his walk’ way before he ever thought about ‘talking his talk.’ I’m not sure there is someone on this planet who better understands not just the role and best practices for being a Leader Assistant, but who can articulate the hows, whys, dos, and don’ts so effectively.”
—Mike Weinberg, bestselling author and speaker
“Reading this book is like having a cup of coffee with Jeremy, a master executive assistant. He gives you all the coaching you need to learn how to master your craft as an assistant. I’m particularly grateful that he’s offering advice on critical topics not commonly discussed, such as how to prepare yourself for the AI revolution and how to avoid burnout.”
—Gina Cotner, founder and CEO, Athena Executive Services
“My time as a C-suite executive assistant and chief of staff at some of the largest tech companies in the world taught me one thing: everyone, myself included, has room to improve their leadership skills. Whether you’re a part-time remote virtual assistant or the chief of staff at a billion-dollar company, this book will help you LEAD.”
—Al-Husein N. Madhany, founding partner of Tack Advisors and AssistantsGuide.com
“Jeremy has fast established himself in the administrative world as an authority; a new and fresh voice. With engaging stories, realtime examples from the field, and his trademark direct approach, this book deserves to be on the professional development bookshelf of every career admin.”
—Lucy Brazier, CEO of Marcham Publishing, publishers of Executive Secretary Magazine
“Jeremy clearly outlines what it takes to be a Leader Assistant in a practical and challenging way. If you’re an assistant, or if you have an assistant, read this book.”
—John Ruhlin, CEO and author of Giftology
“Jeremy has created a relevant, easy-to-read field guide for any assistant who wants to step into leadership and become a game-changing assistant.”
—Julie Perrine, founder and CEO of All Things Admin, author of The Innovative AdminTM
About the Author:
JEREMY BURROWS is a longtime executive assistant, international speaker and trainer, and host of the #1 podcast for assistants: The Leader Assistant Podcast. His passion is helping assistants and executives lead well without burning out. Jeremy has worked with CEOs, professional athletes, Fortune 100 board members, billionaires, pastors—and their assistants—in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. He’s currently executive assistant to the founder and CEO of Capacity, an artificial intelligence SaaS company. He lives in Kansas City, MO with his wife, Meg, and their boys, Weston and Silas. To connect with Jeremy or learn more about his training resources for executives and assistants, visit GoBurrows.com.