What do you know about Steven Russell? The first thing that probably comes to mind is that there are a lot of people named Steven Russell, all of them involved in very different things. In this particular case, the person in question is Steven Russell of the Emerald Banking and Finance Fund. If you're not familiar with the group or more importantly, with Steven Russell himself, here are 10 things to get you started understanding the banker.
1. He has more than 20 years worth of experience
Working in banking and finance isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world. There is a ton of pressure and the stakes are understandably high. As such, people don't typically have a tendency to stay in the industry for very long unless they have genuinely dedicated themselves to doing so throughout their entire career. Steven Russell is one of those individuals, having been in the industry for more than 20 years. That type of experience is something that companies are always striving to get a hold of. It's precisely why Emerald Banking and Finance Fund was so happy to have him move into a position that was more managerial in nature. He has been working with them for more than a decade and his movement into this particular position reflects the way that he works with other people.
2. He has a tendency to work well with other people
As you might have guessed, he has a tendency to work well with other people from all walks of life. It doesn't matter if it's another seasoned employee or someone that is coming to their first day of work, he tends to treat everyone the same. He's always been very good at making people feel like they are part of the team, which tends to allow them to go the extra mile in order to see the project through.
3. He always strives for true teamwork
The fact that he always strives for teamwork means that people who work under him are typically happy to work extra hours, come in on weekends, and do everything else that is typically involved in staying ahead in the financial industry. Because he makes his team feel valued, they don't mind putting in the extra work or missing hours at home in order to get something done. In short, he has figured out how to get the most out of people without acting like a dictator in the process.
4. He prefers to give credit to his co-workers
He also prefers to give his co-workers credit when things go right as opposed to shining the spotlight on himself. Conversely, when things don't go as planned, he has always been right there, sharing the responsibility with everyone else involved. It has earned him a great deal of respect in the industry.
5. People want to work with him
It really shouldn't come as any surprise that people in the industry have a genuine desire to work with him. Because of his outstanding reputation as a leader and co-worker, people have a desire to be part of his team. One thing that he hardly ever has to worry about is a shortage of applications, as people tend to go where he goes.
6. Even his competitors respect him
Even his competitors have openly said that they respect the way he does business and the way he treats people. It's not always easy to treat individuals with respect in the business world. In fact, it can be easy to see only the end goal and forget that people with genuine feelings are involved from time to time. The fact that he refuses to allow this to happen is one reason that both corporations and individuals alike have developed a respect for him that is known throughout the industry, even among those who are often competing directly against him for the same end goals.
7. He has always improved performance, wherever he goes
Regardless of what position he might hold at any one given time, he has a habit of improving the performance of that particular department or company while he is there. Even when there has previously been an issue with performance in one aspect or another, he seems to have a sixth sense that allows him to come in and figure out what the issue is, sort out what needs to be done, and then carry out the actions that are needed to correct it. Even more impressively, he typically does this in a very short amount of time as opposed to taking months or even a year or more to get things back on track.
8. His expertise is widely sought
Because he has so much experience in the financial world, his expertise is typically sought by some of the most well-respected organizations in the financial industry. As such, companies like Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal typically seek his advice on various matters in the world of finance.
9. He holds multiple degrees
He has several degrees, including a BA from Morehouse College and an MBA from Temple University. His BA was in Banking and Finance, not surprisingly. It's obvious that he decided what he wanted to do with his life early on and then he set out to achieve those goals, something that he has definitely accomplished. More importantly, he continues to accomplish it on a daily basis.
10. He’s also a lawyer
While he's not licensed to practice law in every state throughout the country, he is licensed in the state of New Jersey. Some people find it interesting that he has become such a powerhouse in the world of banking and finance, yet he has also found time to become a lawyer within the state of New Jersey. For him, it all seems to be a natural progression, as individuals who are in banking and finance often need to have intimate knowledge of the law.
Written by Allen Lee
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