Resignation Tips For Finance Directors And CFOs
Resigning from a leadership role is never an easy decision, especially because it’s likely you’ve helped to nurture a team and you’ve likely to put a lot of time and dedication into an organisation.
But changing jobs is sometimes necessary and how you approach the situation will have a lasting impact on your reputation.
Therefore, you need to think carefully about how you want to break the news and ensure you leave on a high note to avoid burning any bridges.
Here’s some advice we’ve put together to help you if you are resigning from a leadership role…
Ensure minimal disruption
Before you leave, it’s a good idea to prepare the company for your departure by taking steps to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. This could include taking actions such as:
- Distributing tasks across teams to allow others to take charge
- Selecting a deputy before you announce you are leaving so they can carry out key tasks
This will not only help the organisation when you leave but will mean there will a much more harmonious end to your employment and will keep future relationships in-tact.
Remain professional at all times
If you are leaving at a time that will be inconvenient for the organisation, there will most likely be some negativity surrounding your departure, especially if there are key tasks still to complete.
In this situation, it’s vital to stay professional by:
- Training others to carry out future responsibilities
- Completing or managing the important tasks before you leave
- Working your notice period
Even of you dislike your boss or organisation, your professionalism and integrity will pay dividends in the long run, since reputations can quickly lost.
Clearly articulate your resignation
The most important thing to remember when delivering your resignation is to articulate your thoughts in concise and direct way.
Don’t discuss about what’s wrong with the current organisation or what your role may lack. Simply state of what the new position you have taken presents in terms of personal growth.
Remember, if you still need think it through to be absolutely sure you want to move before delivering the resignation statement do it with external parties so as not to cause unnecessary problems.
Remain calm when dealing with emotions
When resigning from a leadership role, you must consider the reactions of the people around you, more specifically, your boss.
It’s highly likely they will have an emotional reaction when you declare you are leaving because they’ve relied on you for key tasks and duties.
They may even react with frustration or anger. Stay calm and calm and logical in the face of any emotional upheaval and it will pass.
Once the mood changes, notice periods, handovers and duties changed can be discussed.
Remember that resignations are regular occurrences in business so stay and calm positive and your relationship with your former organisation should stay intact.