Top soft skills Every Accountant Should Possess
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By Rebecca Langdon
Accountants may work in a number of different roles, such as a management accountant or a
financial accountant for a firm. Others may work for high wealth individuals who require tax
planning assistance, various advice, and, support. Whilst Accountants may undertake a variety of
roles, the soft skills they require are often very similar. These are our top 5 soft skills for
1. Ability to work under pressure
You are inevitability going to have deadlines, and within the accountancy profession you will be
faced with month end, year end, and, government submission deadlines. Having the ability to stay
calm and organised under pressure is a valuable skill.
2. Creativity and problem solving
Particularly where accountants are working with high wealth clients, they will need to have strong
creativity and problem solving skills. This is not about tax evasion, but it is about ensuring large and
complex financial estates are managed optimally.
3. Making decisions
All professionals need to make decisions in their daily work, and this soft skill is a general one in that
respect. Decisions should not be careless, but rather, a good decision maker takes into account all
available information and makes a measured and informed decision.
This is another soft skill which is a generic must for pretty much all professionals. Accountants will be
working with a number of other individuals and business functions. Often, they will need to engage
with others to seek information, and/or to present information back.
In many instances you will be working with individuals who are protective over the finances within
their remit. A good dose of tenacity is really useful for Accountants so they persevere to get the
information they need, when they need it.
Soft skills are not something that can be taught particularly easily through formal education, in many
ways, soft skills are developed far more easily in the workplace. However, the personal growth
individuals learn during a soft skills workshops should stand them in good stead for developing them
further. If you are interested in developing your soft skills, take a look at our workshops.