This is Leadership!
What is Leadership? In Business, in Finance and in all walks of Life there are Leaders. We naturally recognise them, we follow them, and we try to emulate them but what makes a Leader? Is it possible to even make a Leader or are certain people just born to be Leaders?
At Finance Transformation UK we believe Leaders have 5 characteristics that make them stand out from those who are followers:
1. They Lead by example
2. They encourage, motivate and inspire by their actions
3. They invest in people and ideas
4. They challenge themselves and their people to improve every day
5. They make work fun!
If you have those 5 characteristics you will naturally create a Team environment that is challenging, exciting and fun to be part of it. It will help everyone grow and develop. However, these characteristics are not normally associated with Accountants and Finance teams, are they? So how can we help followers become Leaders?
In 25 years of managing change in Finance functions I think that is a myth. Finance is a great career opportunity and has always attracted some of the best and the brightest. There is no personality test to enter the world of Finance and the old stereotype of the boring numbers guy, set in his ways, is long gone.
Finance is the epicentre of everything that happens in a Business and if you aspire to be CEO one day, the numbers do not lie, becoming CFO is your best route!!! So how do you acquire Leadership skills, how do you develop yourself to handle challenging and demanding environments?
At Finance Transformation UK our Consultants have led Finance teams through multiple challenges ranging from the Pandemic to System failure, to Pre-Pack Administration to Y2K - remember Y2K??? We bring experience proven experience under pressure to the Table.
Whether your Finance team has 300 staff, multiple locations, archaic systems or challenging processes, we have a Leader who has managed it before.
Finance Transformation UK we are all about Experience - that's what forged our Leaders!
Author: Michael Ryan
With 25 years' experience Transforming Finance across multiple Sectors as a Consultant and as a Finance Transformation Leader, Michael Ryan is uniquely placed to advise Clients on creating a World Class Finance Team. Call him now on 0203 1466878