Leadership style — Personal mantra — Biggest mistake women make when starting out — Best management tip — Best advice they’ve ever received
Managing officer and president, Aronson & Co.
* Collaborating with individuals to move the firm forward and to move them forward.
* “Never wear your feelings on your sleeve.”
* Not looking at their career as a life-long learning opportunity or a necessity.
* Bring out the best in each of the individuals that work for you: “It’s not one-size-fits-all.”
* Don’t wear your feelings on your sleeve.
National managing partner, U.S. advisory practice, KPMG LLP
* A combination of head, heart and gut.
* “Einstein said his goal was ‘not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value.'”
* Giving up before they think through all the possibilities for a career in public accounting.
* Be flexible with your career goals.
* There are times where you need to take risks.
Tax partner, Berdon LLP
* By example: “I would never expect anything from [staff] that I wasn’t willing to do myself.”
* “Be accountable.”
* Getting distracted: “Know your target and keep going.”
* Don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and help out your team.
* “Someone once told me I could not have it all and I wanted to prove them so wrong.”
Tax principal, Haskell & White LLP
* Flexible and team-oriented, with high, yet realistic, expectations and goals.
* “Cherish each moment and enjoy the journey.”
* Neglecting to plan ahead for life and career changes.
* Being a good listener is essential.
* When you no longer feel challenged, you have stopped growing.
Chief human resources officer, RSM McGladrey
* Direct: “I’m not conflict-avoidant.”
* “No drama.”
* Exhibiting traditional female traits: “Sitting back, not getting into the fray.”
* Don’t avoid conflict – and don’t be defensive.
* Take a longer view of your career.
Founder and CEO, Corefino
* Data-driven. “We make decisions based on data because I believe data tells the story.”
* “Work hard, play hard.”
* Not listening to their instincts.
* Listen: “There’s something you can learn from every interaction.”
* Believe in yourself.
CATHERINE M. PARENTE
Partner-in-charge, Providence office, and PIC, consulting; exec committee, Carlin, Charron & Rosen
* Consensus building: “I try to get people to work together – and it’s not always easy to do.”
* “I work hard and I play hard.”
* Gravitating exclusively to women’s organizations and networking events.
* Develop the ability to stay on top of things, to stay organized and in control.
* Pick your battles.
CEO, HLB Gross Collins PC
* Laid back: “I delegate a lot. I definitely don’t micromanage.”
* “Do your best and things will come your way, and always give back to the community.”
* Not being upfront and positive about their value to the company.
* Model the behavior you expect from employees.
* Don’t take things personally: “In business, sometimes it’s just business.”
America’s inclusiveness officer, Ernst & Young
* Listening: “I want to take input, but I’m not hesitant at all to make a decision.”
* “Treat other people the way I’d like to be treated.”
* Not building relationships in all aspects of business life: with clients, colleagues, bosses, etc.
* Listen, and make sure people understand that you’ve heard them.
* You need to make your friends before you need them