As a business partner, an executive assistant prioritizes information flow to you, acts as a sounding board when you're looking for different perspectives, recognizes the objectives of the organization and understands what leverage you have to move in that direction.
Chief of Staff
The chief of staff component of the role entails overseeing other office support staff, directing personal staff at home(s), facilitating short-term information flow to your direct reports and acting as a singular point of contact for direct reports, employees and business/personal maintenance staff.
Your remote executive assistant could have multiple ongoing projects from planning your family vacation to organizing the leadership retreat to overseeing an office move. Projects — big and small — all need to be managed and a skilled EA is in the best seat to provide you project management.
Gatekeeper, information processor, schedule wrangler… and everything in-between. If you are leading an organization, having a remote executive assistant who knows where all the moving parts are -and how they are moving- is an indispensable asset.
A top-level remote executive assistant understands that the successful byproduct of their work is adding more time into your day and reducing your stress. That includes handling personal work such as scheduling medical appointments, car service appointments, interacting with household staff, gift purchasing, personal scheduling, etc.