The importance of leadership in an accountancy role

Mark Korevaar our consultant managing the role

In the modern competitive business environment simply being an accomplished accountant won’t cut it, with new-age professionals needing to show strong ‘soft’ skills in addition to vocational excellence.

We have previously talked about how to be an effective leader.  In that article, my colleague briefly touched on the qualities of a good leader. Being an effective leader is crucial for anyone managing colleagues, but an ability to lead others is different from simply being able to manage a workload and delegate. A leader is able to get the best out of the colleagues they manage by listening to their needs, concerns and aspirations. However, they also have an insatiable appetite for continued learning and seek constructive feedback from colleagues to further their own personal and career development.

The importance of good leaders

Outstanding leaders secure their team’s buy-in to their business strategy and goals by communicating the plan effectively and ensuring each team member feels they are an important element of that overall plan. Excellent leaders will allow people to reason their way to a conclusion on individual tasks via their own preferred route while being available to provide sound advice and guidance.

Leadership skills are of course necessary for accountants across the board, but they are particularly key for those looking to progress into positions outside accountancy. A significant proportion of CEOs started their careers as accountants, which goes to show that those who are able to perfect the blend of a comprehensive business understanding with outstanding leadership can reach the very highest echelons of business.

How Marks Sattin can help you find the best accounting and finance talent 

With offices in Birmingham, Dublin, Leeds, London, Manchester, Bristol, Amsterdam, and Reading, Marks Sattin is the UK's largest finance and accountancy recruiter. Three main divisions of our organisation recruit for Commerce & Industry, Financial Services, and Professional Services.

From entry-level transactions to board-level appointments within practice, commerce, and public services, we continue to source temporary and permanent professionals. Since our teams have been searching for talent for over thirty years, they are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and experience to provide you with the best possible guidance. We can help you find the right finance and accounting talent for your business if you need assistance, get in touch today and let us help you.

05/05/23
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