BOOKS FOR EXECUTIVE ASSISTANTS

A curated list of books for executive assistants and administrative professionals.*


The Leader Assistant

The Leader Assistant (#1 Amazon Best Seller) 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.

Author: Jeremy Burrows

Foreword: Monique Helstrom

Release Date: June 23, 2020

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The Elevated EA

The Elevated EA: Find Your Voice & Own Your Future as an Executive Assistant isn't a “How To” or “10 Steps to Success” handbook to take you superficially from zero to hero. It's an inspiring guide to help you find your voice, stop playing small, and step into your greatness, both personally and professionally.

Author: Maggie Jacobs

Release Date: April 17, 2020


The Founder & Force Multiplier

Founder Adam Hergenrother and his Chief of Staff, Hallie Warner, have worked side by side for over eight years. Adam brings the vision and Hallie follows through. They don't have it all figured out; they are far from perfect, and they've had their share of growing pains over the years. Throughout this book, they share what's worked for them, what they've learned along this journey, and some best practices that they recommend you implement immediately to get results. It is their hope that the lessons you learn here will help you find success and fulfillment in your business, your career, and your life as a whole.

Authors: Adam Hergenrother & Hallie Warner

Release Date: August 9, 2019


Be The Ultimate Assistant

A must-have insiders guide! Real life tools and advice for every professional assistant and their high-powered employers. A first-hand look at the world of a celebrity assistant, and its application to the larger realm of all professional assistants.

Author: Bonnie Low-Kramen

Release Date: March 12, 2012


As I See It

This is no rah rah account of privilege. This is truth, spoken by a fearless, outspoken, inimitable ex-C-suite Executive Assistant in his own words. It's not a pretty book. But it is honest. And a story everyone in business should read and have open conversations about in an effort to finally solve many of the inequities, misperceptions, and issues that have plagued big business for decades.

Author: Phoenix Normand

Release Date: July 18, 2019


The President Will See You Now

An affectionate and intimate memoir about one of America’s most beloved Presidents, written by his longtime personal executive assistant, who worked closely with the president after he left the White House.

Author: Peggy Grande

Release Date: February 21, 2017


The Ninja

If you are a business partner, executive assistant, personal assistant, lead administrator, or just an entrepreneur who needs to know what good support looks like, this book is for you! Stories that make you laugh, think, and strategically align yourself for success. Grab a cup of coffee, tea or water (your preference), an ink pen and notepad, sit back and let's learn together.

Author: Nadine King

Release Date: August 27, 2019


The Office Rockstar Playbook

In The Office Rockstar Playbook: How I Leveled Up as an Executive Assistant and Helped My CEO Build a Multibillion-Dollar Company, Debbie Gross, former Chief Executive Assistant to John Chambers, the former CEO of Cisco, shares the insights she gained from her more than 30 years of experience in the profession, using personal stories to share her best practices and lessons learned.

Author: Debbie Gross

Release Date: September 25, 2019


The Innovative Admin

The Innovative Admin empowers you to become the best you can be by enhancing your capacity for innovation. Read it and grow your administrative career to exciting new levels. Innovation isn't just for technology - it's the key to your career future.

Author: Julie Perrine

Release Date: May 18, 2012


In Full Flight Trish Stadler

In Full Flight

The debut novel of Trish Stadler, In Full Flight reveals the triumphs and travails of a successful Executive Assistant and Life Coach. She hopes to show how EA life is not an easy career and may sometimes be misunderstood. Her book will provide a glimpse into a role that has become so significant to the leaders of industry, the emotional ties formed, and the breaking points that can be reached.

Author: Trish Stadler

Release Date: March 28, 2020


Your World-Class Assistant

In Your World-Class Assistant, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, CEO, and entrepreneur Michael Hyatt reveals his process for finding, training, and leveraging the Executive Assistant your busy life deserves.

Author: Michael Hyatt

Release Date: October, 2019


The CEOs Secret Weapon Jan Jones

The CEO's Secret Weapon

In The CEO’s Secret Weapon, Jan Jones discusses a range of attributes of top-notch assistants, including The Tangible and Intangible Characteristics of exceptional executive assistants. Developing these essential characteristics will help you to position yourself as a compelling brand, and establish your credentials as a power player in the executive assistant profession.

Author: Jan Jones

Release Date: October 13, 2015


Joan Burge

Joan's Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed

In this book, Joan Burge, the red-lipstick-wearing Rock Star, and pioneer of administrative excellence exposes the game-changing truths and unwritten rules you need to know in order to maximize your potential. In an unapologetic, uncompromising, no-holds-barred style, Joan shares never before revealed career stories and life lessons in a tell-all book that will challenge your perspective and teach you how to master your craft and triumph in today's business environment. What are you waiting for? The world is waiting for you.

Author: Joan Burge

Release Date: August 31, 2018


The New Executive Assistant

The New Executive Assistant includes models, frameworks and methodologies to assist EAs and executives to build stronger working relationships based on increased trust, improved communication and a much more sophisticated EA job description.

It's a book for every EA and every executive, no matter their industry or the size of their organisation.

Author: Jonathan McIlroy

Release Date: March 1, 2018


The Wizard Behind the CEO Linda McFarland

The Wizard Behind the CEO

With humor, grit, compassion, and a calm demeanor, Linda McFarland imparts her wisdom to help assistants succeed in a rapidly changing role. The Wizard behind the CEO: Enchanted stories from the assistant with the magic WAND is about Linda’s adventures as an assistant in the intense world of Silicon Valley. This book is a great way to learn from a role model with insight to avoid the potential pitfalls we all face in our hectic business and personal lives..

Author: Linda McFarland

Release Date: June 25, 2018


Not Just an Admin Peggy Vasquez

Not "Just an Admin!"

This is a valuable handbook for anyone in the administrative or secretarial professions. It is rare for us to find information that can make a difference both in our professional careers and personal relationships in one easy-to-read book. Filled with thoughtful questions and answers, this book leads the readers on an exciting and well laid out journey to understanding what it takes to support their executive while rising to the top and reaching their career goals.

Author: Peggy Vasquez

Release Date: July 8, 2014


The Definitive EA & Managerial Handbook

The role of the executive assistant has evolved to include taking on more managerial duties, project work and supervisory roles. Sue France, former Times Crème PA of the Year, provides best practice advice on meeting the demands of the 21st century administrative professional's role.

Author: Sue France

Release Date: December 28, 2012


The Proactive Professional Chrissy Scivicque

The Proactive Professional

This is a valuable handbook for anyone in the administrative or secretarial professions. It is rare for us to find information that can make a difference both in our professional careers and personal relationships in one easy-to-read book.

Author: Chrissy Scivicque

Release Date: September 30, 2016


Good Morning, Mr. Mandela

There are numerous books about Nelson Mandela, but Good Morning, Mr. Mandela is the first by a trusted member of his inner circle. In addition to offering a rare close portrait, Zelda la Grange pays tribute to Madiba as she knew him—a teacher who gave her the most valuable lessons of her life. Growing up in apartheid South Africa, La Grange, a white Afrikaner, feared the imprisoned Nelson Mandela as “a terrorist.” Yet she would become one of his most devoted associates for almost two decades. Inspiring and deeply felt, this book honors a great man’s lasting gift.

Author: Zelda la Grange

Release Date: September 30, 2016


Jewel in the Leader's Crown

Discover proven strategies to become a standout gem from author Ruth Mead's 25+ years working alongside senior leaders of top FTSE 100 & Fortune 500 companies in the UK, Europe and North America including PepsiCo, McDonald's, MmO2 plc and BMO Financial Group.

Author: Ruth Mead

Release Date: April 4, 2015


Sitting on a File Cabinet, Naked, With a Gun: True Stories of Silicon Valley CEO Assistants Joanne Linden Linda McFarland

Sitting on a File Cabinet, Naked, With a Gun

Sitting on a File Cabinet, Naked, With a Gun offers an engaging, entertaining insider's look into the offices of some of the most powerful men and women in Silicon Valley, as executive assistants spill the beans about their CEOs..

Authors: Linda McFarland, Joanne Linden

Release Date: October 29, 2009


A-Z Pearls of Wisdom for Executive PAs

A-Z Pearls of Wisdom for Executive PAs

PA Coach and Trainer and former PA herself, Lindsay Taylor understands the diversity of the PA role. The challenges you inevitably face call for specific skills and attributes, specific pearls of wisdom that are crucial for your overall success. Based on personal experience and with input from her PA clients across the world, Lindsay has pulled together these Pearls of Wisdom in a useful A-Z format.

Author: Lindsay Taylor

Release Date: December 9, 2015


Managing Up Rosanne Badowski Jack Welch

Managing Up

Everyone has a boss. And anyone who has aspired to move up the corporate ladder knows that their relationship with those they report to is crucial. In Managing Up, Rosanne Badowski offers a straightforward, entertaining, no-holds-barred account of what it takes to make your relationship with your boss work to your advantage, no matter where you stand in the corporate hierarchy.

Author: Rosanne Badowski

Release Date: October 19, 2004


Administrative Excellence Erin O'Hara Meyer

Administrative Excellence

Administrative Excellence is a unique book that speaks to the heart of corporate America administrative support staff. Administrative assistants, secretaries, office managers, and receptionists will learn what it takes to earn professional respect and gain a voice in today's workplace.

Author: Erin O'Hara Meyer

Release Date: April 30, 2005


The PA and EA Circus Angela Garry

The PA and EA Circus

A guide to examining, embracing and integrating the many parts, roles, responsibilities and duties of the Personal Assistant, Executive Assistant, Secretary and Administrative Assistant.

Author: Angela Garry

Release Date: December 14, 2015


Julia Schmidt The Executive Secretary Guide to Building a Successful Career Strategy

The Executive Secretary Guide to Building a Successful Career Strategy

A must-read for current and aspiring Executive Assistants who know they are capable of achieving BIG - both personally and professionally. This book tells you the 'how' - how to 'boss-up', confidently plan your career, establish your unique skill set and enhance your presence as a leader in your organization.

Author: Julia Schmidt

Release Date: April 8, 2019


The New Executive Assistant by Melba Duncan

The New Executive Assistant

Today's executive assistant has become a crucial member of every organization's support staff–a key business ally with diverse responsibilities, from overseeing employees to making strategic decisions. Here is the first step-by-step guide specifically designed to help you thrive in this fast-paced profession. Developed by nationally-known business consultant and author Melba Duncan.

Author: Melba Duncan

Release Date: February 22, 1997


Building a Partnership with Your Boss

In this eye-opening book, assistants learn how they can break out of old, narrow roles and enjoy working with a boss instead of for a boss. This change liberates creativity and self-confidence, and reveals hidden skills and interests.

Author: Jerry Wisinski

Release Date: March 17, 1999



*This page is my attempt to curate an exhaustive list of all books written specifically for or about the executive assistant role. While many of these books are great reads and well worth your time and money, I have not read all of them, and I encourage you to do your own research. Read the Amazon reviews, check out the website of each author, etc. Additionally, some of the links above are affiliate links, which means I may get a commission if you purchase them. Thank you for leading and reading!

Jeremy Burrows

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