6 signs you’re a modern finance leader
We are entering a brave new digital world and, as technologies and processes evolve, it’s essential that the people in charge of your business’s finance do too.
Whilst traditional skills and values are still relevant, the ability to change with the times has never been more important.
Have you risen to the challenge? Here are 6 signs that you’re already a modern finance leader. How many can you tick off?
1. You see the bigger picture
Whilst all finance directors know cash is king, the best ones can see past the numbers in spreadsheets and focus on the bigger picture. This visualisation ensures the business not only has enough money to make ends meet today but can take advantage of new opportunities in the future.
2. You embrace collaboration
To add real value to an organisation you need to be a strong communicator that can develop meaningful collaborations both internally and externally. These relationships are most effective when people trust and respect your opinions, so the ability to manage, influence and persuade are key to success.
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3. You’re an early adopter
Good finance directors keep up with the latest developments, but the best ones lead by example and are often the first to try new advances. The key is to scrutinise all your processes and ensure they’re modern, not manual. It’s not enough to simply rely on information that has gotten you through in the past.
4. You’re customer focused
The best finance leaders put customer experiences at the heart of everything by utilising technologies and strategies that add value to their target audience. If you aren’t serving your customers’ needs in everything you do they will soon turn to companies that will.
5. You’re analytical
Modern finance leaders are constantly analysing industry trends and forecasts to ensure they always know what’s going on. This insight is invaluable when providing advice on key business deals or offering input on purchasing decisions.
6. You’re forward thinking
Forget the past, truly modern finance leaders spend more time focusing on the future than they do dwelling on past successes or failures. Whilst there are lessons to be learned from these experiences, the past should not deter you from evaluating new markets or seeking new opportunities when they arise.