C-Suite

Beyond Financials

06/29/2024
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4 min.' to read

Unveiling the hidden traits of an outstanding CFO

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is often perceived as the guardian of a company's finances, primarily focusing on numbers, budgets, and driving shareholder value. While these are fundamental aspects of their role, there are other critical traits that define an outstanding CFO, traits that go beyond financial acumen. These lesser-known characteristics are pivotal in navigating today's complex business landscape and contribute to the success and resilience of a company, its senior team, and its employees.

Emotional Intelligence
An outstanding CFO doesn't just understand numbers; they understand people. Emotional intelligence, the ability to perceive, evaluate, and respond to one's own emotions and the emotions of others, is vital in leadership. A CFO with high emotional intelligence can effectively manage team dynamics, creating a work environment that fosters productivity, creativity, and satisfaction. Their empathy allows for better investor and lender relations, as they communicate not just facts, but also confidence and company vision.

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