Throughout my career in finance and accounting, I have learned many lessons that ultimately helped me achieve my current role as Kforce’s Chief Financial Officer. I’ve found that success can be at your fingertips if you work hard at improving yourself as a professional.
Here are just a few tips I’ve acquired throughout my career that helped me on my path to leadership:
1. Establish Good Communication
There is something you can learn from everybody you work with – the important part is to listen and take in the views of others. I always strive to be the last person to speak in a meeting. By listening and gaining the perspectives of others first, you are able to develop a more well-rounded opinion on the topic at hand, which helps in making better decisions. It’s also crucial to understand how you come across to others, and to remain respectful of their opinions and perspectives.
2. Be Patient with Your Career
Many times I’ve seen professionals frustrated with the pace of their career advancement. Whether it’s because their career isn’t moving as fast as they’d like or the compensation is just not enough, they are always looking to jump to the next opportunity. It’s important to remember to be patient. I’ve seen many professionals move to new opportunities without realizing that there were big plans for them just around the corner in their current role.
Climbing to the top of the career ladder typically takes time, but you can take steps to help get your career to the next level. For example, when you’re ready to make a career move within your organization, communicate with your manager so they know where you want to take your career. If you are looking to make a career move outside of your current role or just need advice from a like-minded professional, consider reaching out to your industry connections. Don’t forget that establishing a network is just the first part; maintaining relationships with these connections is key.
3. Understand Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Knowing what you do well – and what you don’t – is critical, but many professionals find it difficult to address their own weaknesses. In the workplace, it’s crucial to remember that you can’t do everything yourself. For example, if your strength is strategizing and generating ideas, but you lack project management skills, it’s important to acknowledge that and supplement those weaknesses by leveraging others’ strengths in these areas. No matter the task, you should always think about the best way to reach the goal, and who you can leverage to meet that goal.
Each day, I continue to learn and take advice from my colleagues. Good communication skills and learning from others may not only help you be successful, but also allows you to become a better professional overall.
What success tips do you have?