Make the gatekeeper an ally rather than an adversary. And never, ever get on his or her bad side. Many executive assistants are their bosses’ minority partners. Don’t think of them as “secretaries” or as “assistants”. In fact, they are associates and lifelines.
Secretaries and assistants are more than just helpful associates to their boss. If they are any good, they become trusted friends, advocates, and integral parts of their professional, and even personal, lives.
Treat them with the dignity they deserve. If you do, doors will open for you to even the most powerful decision makers.