There are plenty of admins out there, but not all of them are professional, effective or successful.
It takes certain characteristics to be able to shine in the world of Administrative Professionals. If I’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that those characteristics don’t come naturally to everyone. They have to be carefully cultivated.
The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) lists several qualities an Admin should have. Among them are the ability to multitask, be flexible and work autonomously.
In addition, the IAAP suggests that the ability to master technology, manage projects, accept challenges and master interpersonal skills are essential qualities, as well. Take a look at the IAAP list and see how many of those qualities you have, and which ones you need to work on.
Ultimately, two core characteristics are requisite to success as an admin: You have to be committed to the job and you have to be committed to self-improvement.
If you refuse to learn new skills or shirk your responsibilities, you’re not going to make it. You might be able to show up at work, meet the minimum requirements and then go home, but that won’t bring you success or fulfillment.
Only pushing yourself beyond your own boundaries and going beyond the call of duty can help you hit that next level. It’s the difference between having a job and having a career.
Once you have the twin qualities of dedication and self-improvement mastered, you can’t help but succeed as an admin.