Pastor J. A. Adeyokunnu
Pastor J. A. Adeyokunnu

By Pastor J. A. Adeyokunnu

In the previous edition, it was explained that a Balanced Accountant is one with work ethics that are based on moral virtues of hard work, diligence, professionalism and skills. It also includes being reliable, having initiative or maintaining social skills. The first six values out of twelve were discussed. However, the remaining six (items 7-12) are further presented as follows:

  1. Motivated to grow and learn – In an ever-changing workplace, you must keep up with new developments and knowledge in the field. It has been noted that one of the top reasons accountants leave their employers is the lack of opportunity for career development within the organization. Learning new skills, techniques, methods and/or theories through professional development help keep the mission at the top and makes the accountant job more interesting and exciting. Keeping up with the current changes in the field is vital for success, increased job security and productivity.
  • Strong self-confidence – Self-confidence has been recognized as one of the key ingredients for success. A self-confident person inspires others. A self-confident person is not afraid to ask questions on topics where they feel they need more knowledge; they feel little need to have to impress others with what they know since they feel comfortable with themselves and don’t feel the need to know everything.

The self-confident accountant does what he feels is right and is willing to take risks. Self-confident people can admit to their mistakes and they recognize their strengths and weakness and are willing to work on the latter. Self-confident people have faith in themselves and their abilities which is manifested in their positive attitudes and outlook to life.

  • Professional – A balanced accountant must exhibit professional behaviour at all times. This includes looking at every aspect of the job, doing it to the best of one’s ability. As a professional, a balanced accountant must complete projects as soon as possible and avoid letting uncompleted projects pile up. Professionals provide high quality work and are detail-oriented.
  • Loyal – People value who they can trust and are loyal to them. A loyal staff will always be recognized and rewarded. When an accountant aligns his values with the goals of an organization, it will foster loyalty and bond between him and the employer. Fostering good relationships within an organization and offering constructive ways to handle conflicts provides a win-win situation for both employer and the employee.
  • Spirit-filled – A balanced accountant must be spirit-filled, God-fearing, prayerful and uphold Christian virtues. Such accountant must be disciplined and be a role model to others.
  • Avoid covetousness – The moment an accountant becomes greedy, he will lose balance or reputation. Do not join them to perpetuate evil. Be content with what you have and in due season God will promote you.

In conclusion, it is important to note that in addition to relevant skills, the mission (church) seeks those who have good personal values, characteristic and personal traits that spell success. Do not make the mistake of missing the opportunity to show the management at work that you have what it takes to be successful on the job as well as personal characteristic they value. The church is a workplace with opportunity to learn the skills and behaviours, along with the work values that are required for success in life.        

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