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


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

The World's Worst Assistant

From Conan O’Brien’s longtime assistant and cohost of his podcast, Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend, a completely hilarious and irreverent how-to guide for becoming a terrible, yet unfireable employee, spilling her trade secrets for minimizing effort while maximizing the rewards.

Sona Movsesian didn’t wake up one day and decide to become the World’s Worst Assistant. Achieving such greatness is a gradual process--one that starts with long hours and hard work before it eventually descends into sneaking low-dosage edibles into your lunch and napping on your boss’s couch.

Author: Sona Movsesian

Release Date: July 19, 2022

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

Delegation Nation

Entrepreneurs are bold visionaries, while assistants are diligent integrators. The right entrepreneur/assistant team is unstoppable. Delegation Nation is a blueprint for both parties on how to find each other, work together, and form a lasting, successful partnership to build a thriving business.

Through a deep understanding of the perspectives of both entrepreneurs and assistants gained from experience in both roles, Valerie Trapunsky teaches readers of Delegation Nation how to build strong delegation habits, navigate challenging situations as they arise, and establish impeccable communication—all to form the ultimate dream team.

Author: Valerie Trapunsky

Release Date: August 29, 2023

The Modern-Day Assistant

From building your network and developing your communication skills to time management and strategic planning, The Modern-Day Assistant is the ultimate guide to developing your abilities and reaching your full potential at work. It also explores how you can effectively capitalize upon your skills, whether that's climbing the ranks of the assistant sector or pivoting into a new role.

Author: Lucy Brazier

Release Date: September 26, 2023

Buried in Business Jamie Vanek

Buried in Business

Somewhere along the way, administrative teams became an afterthought - dismissed to support roles. Buried in Business: Find Freedom by Unlocking the Power of Your Admin Team provides the tools you need to dismantle the stigma, rethink admin in small businesses, and restore respectability.

Author: Jamie Vanek

Release Date: October 4, 2022

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

Bet On Yourself

Take charge of your career and create a life full of learning, adventure, joy, and success utilizing these never-before-shared leadership principles Ann Hiatt learned working alongside the world’s top tech CEOs—Google’s Eric Schmidt, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and Yahoo!s Marissa Mayer.

Author: Ann Hiatt

Release Date: October 12, 2021

The 29-Hour Work Day

In The 29-Hour Work Day, EA specialists and ProAssisting founders Ethan Bull and Stephanie Bull reveal their framework for building an alliance with the right EA to support your professional and personal growth. Their five performance multipliers show how to hire a trustworthy assistant, establish expectations, and set guidelines that will enable you both to accomplish goals.

Authors: Ethan Bull and Stephanie Bull

Release Date: May 31, 2022

Elevate Admins

We are currently in the midst of the next admin evolution and, inevitably, only the fittest will survive. If you don’t want to get left behind, you must continuously ELEVATE.

This book offers the tools you need to not only meet the ever-expanding demands of the admin role, but to establish yourself as a peak performer in this increasingly competitive field.

Author: Chrissy Scivicque

Release Date: April 10, 2021

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 Healthy Virtual Assistant

The mainstream nine-to-five work life is slowly but surely fading away. Having one job with one employer is no longer seen as the most secure or financially rewarding career option. Instead, we now know that a healthy work-life balance is crucial for success and the ability to thrive in life.

Whether you want to become a Virtual Assistant full time or as a side hustle to your primary job, this book provides clear insight and direction for setting up your VA business to start seeing clients within one month.

Author: Joanna Mitchell

Release Date: August 22, 2021

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 Invaluable Assistant

In "The Invaluable Assistant" Sandy Geroux shares, directly from executives, hard-hitting tips, skills and mindsets that executive assistants need in order to stay on top of their game and help executives stay on top of theirs. Through these tips and enlightening stories and examples, you will learn how to go from being in the average position where "anyone else will do" to the enviable position where "no one else will do!"

Author: Sandy Geroux

Release Date: February 22, 2021

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

Rise Up and Lead Well

As a former EA, Tricia Sciortino knows how difficult it is to be an assistant to high-achieving leaders who are so busy that they don't want to slow down long enough to delegate. She knows how hard it is to watch them suffer from over-scheduling and over-promising. No amount of proactiveness can overcompensate for the lack of delegation.
In her book, Rise Up and Lead Well: How Leveraging An Assistant Will Change Your Life & Maximize Your Time, Tricia seeks to address that very dynamic, as viewed from both sides of the desk, so both leaders and assistants can maximize their productivity and strike the work-life balance they both deserve.

Author: Trisha Sciortino

Release Date: January, 2021

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: Re-released on September 10, 2020

The Definitive EA & Managerial Handbook

From bestselling author and expert Sue France, The Definitive Executive Assistant & Managerial Handbook is the ultimate guide to management in the context of an administrative role. Placing an emphasis on both personal leadership and practical skills, this new edition of the award-winning book teaches readers to manage a team, develop the emotional intelligence to understand their colleagues, negotiate effectively and confidently manage a project. Equipped with these tools, readers will be ready to steer their teams to organizational success in any situation.

Author: Sue France

Release Date: November 30, 2021

The Definitive Personal Assistant & Secretarial Handbook

Along with a chapter to share with your boss for a more fruitful working relationship, The Definitive Personal Assistant and Secretarial Handbook includes help with time management, networking, relationship management, communication and confidence.

Author: Sue France

Release Date: August 3, 2015

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, nor do I agree with everything written in the ones I have read. In other words, please 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 small kick back from Amazon if you purchase them. Thank you for leading and reading!

Jeremy Burrows



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