Attributes of a Personal Executive Assistant (Board Secretary)



Toy Radebe
Coach, South Africa

Attributes of a Personal Executive Assistant (Board Secretary)

I'm interested to learn from members that serve on either executive committees or boards of global companies: what are the common attributes you look for when planning to employ a Personal Assistant? (not a secretary).
Which 3 are a must and why? Do you personally brief the recruiter or the head of HR? Why?


Loh Tean Hin
CxO / Board, Indonesia

Requirements for a Personal Assistant

I was thinking of PA but got a secretary instead.
Some common attributes to PA are: accounting experience, good social values, superior memory remembering dates of appointment etc, think-out-of box of what the superior misses, report attributes of all staff, works well as a team.

David Wilson
Manager, Canada

Executive Coordinator

You may be looking for an "executive coordinator" or "board secretary" to assist the board in completing work through interaction with the various groups across the company. The position analyzes issues, writes briefing notes, coordinates budget compilation, interprets board policies, coordinates client/customer/employee surveys, develops internal procedures, etc.
The seven competencies required (based on my order of preference) are analytical thinking, relationship building, effective communications, results orientation, process management, service orientation, and conflict management.
The role will also vary based on the size and complexity of the company and board operations.

Augustus Chuks Valentine
Analyst, Nigeria

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I quite agree with the above mentioned requirements for a personal assistant, but I don't think havi... Sign up

Toy Radebe
Coach, South Africa

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Loh, David, Augustus - thank you for your contribution on the matter. I continue to try and learn wh... Sign up

robin umiom
Entrepreneur, Nigeria

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Business Consultant, South Africa

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