Host said: What are the top 3 traits or skills every director of finance must have to excel?
Can you suggest any tips or insights to develop your director of finance expertise?
In order to "excel" at the director level, I believe the following are required (in order of importance):
1. Relationship Building Skills
- too many Finance professionals fail to integrate with their peers and thus miss out on what's really going on in the business. Active listening skills, sensing the question behind the question, appreciation for the importance of CRM are some (but not all) key elements to internalize...
2. The "Eye" For Talent
- failure to properly identify and retain the talent necessary to support your efforts robs you of your time to attend to item 1
3. Technical Competence
- vital, but simply gets you to the dance. Without the other two items listed above, you will be marginalized and ultimately fail at the director level.