CAs are well placed for the leadership challenge

People sitting against wall in line
By Sandy Manson CA

12 February 2019

One of the themes in my Presidential year is leadership. I fundamentally believe that CAs make good leaders and that through their leadership positions they can contribute to the economy and wider society.

Leadership, in my book, isn’t something we are born into or something that we can simply learn by reading about great leaders past and present. It is something we can only really learn by assuming the role of a leader.

When I look at the political, economic and professional challenges we face, never has there been a more important time for our leaders to rise and show great character in the face of the change and challenge that abounds.

One of the most defining and enduring qualities of a leader is good character.

For me, one of the most defining and enduring qualities of a leader is good character. Our training and lifelong development as CAs reinforces this.

As a profession we are taught that while we have a vital role to play in serving our clients well, upholding the highest ethical and professional standards must come first. That’s how we best serve the public interest. This is at the core of what ICAS and our profession stand for. As a profession we have an important role to supervise and police these standards.

That is why we welcome Sir John Kingman’s review of the Financial Reporting Council. Anything that can help ensure we follow the highest standards is to be welcomed because, when you boil it all down, those high standards are our competitive advantage as a profession.

Our profession has given us guidance, experience and insight into deep-rooted values such as integrity, courage, prudence and fairness.

Whether you are the leader of a country, a business, a charity or a professional body, the curve balls from left-field are never far away. It’s when the unpredictable happens that we fall back on that critical quality of good character.

In my travels as President I constantly meet CAs who I would describe as people of good character. They are virtuous and can be relied on to do the right thing regardless of the pressures.

Being able to make sound decisions and moral choices requires us to have a clear ethical decision-making framework. That’s where character is so vital.

Our profession has given us such guidance, experience and insight into deep-rooted values such as integrity, courage, prudence and fairness. These are timeless values, for which the public respect and greatly value us.

We can all help shape and define the enduring values and qualities of a CA.

They are also values that the future success of our profession depends on. This is why we must coach and mentor the next generation of CAs in the defining and enduring virtues of good character.

We have a great profession which has been built by men and women of good character. They have been powerful role models and, by their deeds and actions, they have had a positive influence
on others.

We can all help shape and define the enduring values and qualities of a CA. Our ability to demonstrate professional and personal character will allow us to succeed as a profession for generations to come.


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