Four Essential Traits of a Good Accountant.


What makes a person genuinely good at what they do? What are those essential traits they possess to help them raise the bar in their profession? We all possess different characteristics and talents that make us unique. Some people have the uncanny ability to chat with anyone, anywhere. Others can memorize and remember just about anything. For some people, all math is as simple as 2+2=4. 

When it comes to the essential traits of a good accountant, what are the first ones that come to your mind? 

“Likes Math.”

Yes, we got the same answer in our heads too. It is a widespread answer, and for a good reason. Math and numbers are a HUGE part of accounting. But that alone will not make someone a good accountant. 

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Four Essential Traits Other than Math


Communication Skills

One of our favorite quotes here at Reach Reporting is 

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

-George Bernard Shaw

The ability to effectively communicate what you are trying to say is not nearly as easy as it sounds. You know what I mean if you have been married, had teenagers, been a manager or have just talked to another person. Basically, communication is critical in all relationships, whether personal or professional. 

As it applies to accounting, most people don’t speak the language of accounting. This communication barrier provides the opportunity not only for teaching but learning. Communication is not just you getting your point across; it is also listening and understanding what a client is actually asking you to do. 


Not many people in this world look forward to sharing their financial situation with just anyone. Finances are private, business, or personal. When someone gives you access to that confidential information, it needs to be taken seriously. 

Being someone’s accountant is a position of trust. Don’t abuse that trust. 

Be honest in your billing, your confidentially, and the work you do. 

Well organized

Well-organized certainly doesn’t mean accountants never misplaced their phones or keys. Trust me; there wouldn’t be many accountants if it did! 

A well-organized accountant has a system in place. An organized strategy is an effective way of interpreting the data, compiling reports, and storing data. This trait reduces errors and omissions and creates a streamlined, efficient way of doing business. 

Comfortable Behind the Scenes

Most accountants work behind the scenes; they are not in the spotlight. Being comfortable not being the big kahuna is an essential trait of a good accountant. Accountants perform their work quietly efficiently and often don’t get the recognition they deserve. 

This trait often leads to being a fantastic team player. Accountants often work in teams with other accounts in their department and managers in every department. 

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Final Thoughts on Accounting Traits

Are you on the hunt for a new accountant? Look for these traits and others you need for your industry or business on your search. Don’t just choose the least expensive option or hire your cousin’s best friend’s husband because you want to be nice. Find the accountant that brings to the table the traits you need.

Are you an accountant wanting to take your skills up a notch? Take a hard look at yourself and decide on an area you can improve your skills in. If you are brave and have some trustworthy friends or family, ask them what they think. We should always be working to improve ourselves. If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward.

Are you thinking about becoming an accountant? Are you wondering if you have the traits that make a good accountant? These traits (amount many others) can help you decide if you want to pursue a career in the accounting industry.

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