Andrew Reeves is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer at Reddit. He brings over 13 years of administrative experience to the table.
In this episode of The Leader Assistant Podcast, Andrew shares a bit of his career journey, talks about being a thought partner with your executive, cultivating connection in a remote work environment, and walks us through 4 pillars to leverage emotional intelligence in our executive assistant roles.
Here’s a high-level summary of his thoughts on emotional intelligence, in case you want to follow along as you listen to Andrew’s insight.
4 pillars to leverage Emotional Intelligence in your EA role:
- Maintaining Inner Strength
- Understanding your internal triggers
- Managing your feelings about another person’s feelings
- Knowing where you are emotionally
- Reducing burnout
- Using Diplomacy
- Learning how to respond vs react
- How to say “No”
- Inspiring others to action
- Managing Relationships
- Vibe with those outside your tribe
- Being purposeful about inserting yourself
- Building partnerships
- Leveraging Empathy
- Seeking first to understand (Reprogramming how we interact in a conversation)
- Assuming positive intent
- Helping people be seen and heard
Seek first to understand, then to be understood…
– Steven Covey
CONNECT WITH ANDREW
Andrew Reeves is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer at Reddit. He brings over 13 years of administrative experience to the table with expertise in strategic calendar management, internal/external relationship building and thought partnering with C-Suite executives and cross-functional teams. Originally from southeastern Pennsylvania, Andrew graduated magna cum laude from Ashford University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, as well as cum laude from Albertus Magnus College with a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing.
Andrew began his career in 2008 as an EA in the Retail industry, supporting the Chief Merchandising Officer at Hudson Group for 8+ years. He then transitioned to Boston Consulting Group where he supported a number of Managing Directors/Partners in a variety of practice areas, as well as the Business Management Director (BMD) of BCG’s New Jersey office. In this role, Andrew became a key resource and thought partner to the BMD and helped develop the standard executive support model for the office of the Business Management Director across the firm. His continued fascination with the consulting space led him to The Miles Group, a boutique executive coaching firm based in NYC where he supported Managing Directors and their teams while leveraging the expertise he gained at BCG to assist his executives with their business development and relationshipment management efforts.
In 2021, Andrew joined Reddit’s EA team where he strives every day to help realize Reddit’s mission of bringing community, belonging and empowerment to everyone in the world. In addition to supporting the COO, Andrew serves as a lead for the Retention pillar of BPR (Black People Reddit), Reddit’s employee resource group for Black employees.
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