In a recent blog, I offered 7 Deadly Internal Audit Sins that have the potential to ruin an otherwise bright internal audit career. This week, I’d like to focus on characteristics that are essential to a successful internal audit career. Let’s call these the 7 Internal Audit Virtues.
At first glance, these may seem obvious, but it is important to remind ourselves that these core actions should be instinctive to internal auditors. The challenges of modern internal auditing can create pressure on practitioners to act quickly and decisively. While we must be willing and able to meet those growing demands, we must remain vigilant that those pressures don’t erode or overwhelm our commitment to remain true to these fundamental virtues.
Since we are on the topic of virtues, let’s not forget the virtue of volunteering. While not one of the seven cardinal audit virtues, it is certainly a way in which we can work together to improve our profession. I urge you to consider volunteering, whether within your own organization, through a local IIA chapter, or with another professional association. You can help fellow practitioners by speaking at chapter meetings, writing articles about internal auditing, participating in an internal audit peer review program, and in many other ways. Any of these activities might make a big difference in somebody’s career, and you might find that the process of volunteering also makes a difference in your own career. After all, The IIA’s motto is Progress Through Sharing.