Keep Your Team’s Best Interest at Heart

The best advice I was ever given was this: “Your strength is in your team.” I firmly believe in and try to live by that every day.

Since joining Kroll in 2014, a whole new world of challenges, opportunities, and learning experiences has opened up for me. However, I would not be able to do my job without the amazing people around me. Working with so many talented people across the globe has not only expanded my thinking. but has also challenged me to do great work.

For me, it’s so important to surround yourself with a team of people who complement your strengths and weaknesses. No one person is perfect, but when you bring a diverse team together with different personalities, cultures, strengths, and experiences, you not only get to learn a great deal from each other, but also the client benefits from a multi-disciplined team.

In my role at Kroll, I always try to have the team’s best interest at heart; I know it is my responsibility to help them develop and grow professionally. You can usually recognize the potential stars early on, but sometimes it’s the ones that take longer to shine, who may struggle a bit in the beginning and take a bit longer to reach their full potential, that really stand out in the long term. It’s important to recognize that everyone within the team is different (which is one of the many things that makes the team so strong), but it’s also important to recognize their various motivations in order to help them develop and grow. I get huge joy from seeing team members, who joined us straight from college, soaring to great heights within their careers.

I think if I’m honest, I’ve always felt like an underdog—probably a bit of female imposter syndrome coming through—so I often find myself gravitating toward people who I can see are rolling up their sleeves, who are working really hard, but maybe it is not coming as naturally to them as their peers. To those who are maybe struggling with how they are progressing in comparison to their peers, I say this: be patient. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. Take constructive feedback. If someone you know and trust believes in and backs you, make the most of the opportunity they are giving you. Ask a lot of questions, work hard, and your time will definitely come.

Like everyone’s job, my role can sometimes be challenging, frustrating, and exhausting. But above all, it can be hugely rewarding. I feel a lot of responsibility to deliver for my team, my clients, and the company—I always push myself and want to be better. I recognize that I can’t do that alone and need to be working alongside a talented and motivated team whose strengths complement my weaknesses. And I strongly believe that team is at Kroll, which is why I love my job and I am excited to keep learning.