The ABCs of Your Professional Attributes: Weekend Poll Results

Here are the results of this past weekend’s poll. The focus?

What attributes make you shine in your role as an admin. professional?

The results: 

I asked you to list six of your best professional attributes – technical and/or soft skills. Here’s a compilation of your responses. Again, where an attribute received repeat mentions, I’m listing such terms only once.

  • Analytical / problem solver
  • Approachable / friendly / caring / personable
  • Communications – good communication skills
  • Conscientious
  • Context / understand context / have an eye on the big picture, while managing details
  • Dedicated / hard working
  • Delegate appropriately
  • Detail-oriented / eye for detail
  • Engaged / contribute in team meetings
  • Flexible
  • Grammar / good grammar
  • Influential
  • Integrity  / able to speak truth to power
  • Knowledgeable
  • Leader / servant leadership
  • Legal expertise
  • Listening skills / good listener
  • Loyal
  • Management skills
  • Negotiating / good negotiating skills
  • Organised / organisational skills
  • Patient
  • Polyglot
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Proactive
  • Professional Development focus / open to learning/teachable
  • Proofreading
  • Reliable / “go to” person
  • Reporting / effective recording
  • Resilient
  • Respectful
  • Service-minded / competent in prioritising and meeting clients’ needs
  • Team player / share ideas / coach junior staff / helpful/supportive of colleagues/fellow EAs, PAs/ fee earners across departments
  • Tech-savvy
  • Trustworthy
  •  Time management

Next … I asked respondents whether you were able to list and identify six of your best professional attributes for this weekend poll. The answer was affirmative for all, and one respondent wrote, ” Although as a pa we have way more than 6 attributes. It depends what tasks are r”. Here, our writer ran out of space; perhaps s/he was referring to what tasks are required?

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