Everyone can agree that potential is desirable in any employee, but what does potential actually look like in a finance professional? The answer depends on the size and culture of your organisation, as well as the specific role you’re trying to fill, but many high-potential professionals have a handful of traits in common.
Robert Lamp, an Atlanta-based principal with management consulting firm Korn Ferry’s Global Financial Officer Practice, said he has seen the desired candidate profile for finance and accounting recruits shift a couple of times since 2008. After the Great Recession, he saw people turning to those with a strong technical background who had a transformation toolkit or a cost-restructuring background. In 2013 he noticed a swing in the opposite direction towards finance as a strategic leader and growth partner, with most of the technical tasks delegated to a strong supporting team.
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