my career in communications, I’ve sought out every opportunity to develop the
skills that will hopefully help me become an effective leader in the future. Almost
all of the dedicated and successful professionals I know - in every field - have
done the same. Some people, like Derek Jeter and Winston Churchill, are viewed as being great natural leaders – the
kind of individuals who can motivate and bring out the best in the people
around them. But the vast majority of individuals – even successful leaders - have
needed a little guidance along the
way to develop and refine the qualities that may eventually allow them to help
steer their organizations to great heights.
develop the future leaders of the accounting profession, the AICPA recently
announced the 2013 Leadership Academy class. This group of 38 rising stars
will attend the 5th annual Leadership Academy, held in Durham, N.C.
this fall. The five day program will be an opportunity for participants to learn leadership theory and strategic planning
techniques, while developing tools for handling complex management challenges.
As a recent article in Accounting
Today notes, CPA leaders, including
AICPA Chairman Richard Caturano,
CPA, CGMA, and Barry Melancon,
CPA, CGMA, the Institute’s president and CEO will engage the participants, all
under the age of 36, and discuss the issues currently facing the accounting