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Effective people management

A short guide to managing staff and maintaining high performance. Includes a chapter on effective leadership.

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On the herding of cats
Professional services firms are composed of experts who prize their autonomy. In this context, leadership must be a collective endeavor.

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Financial Times guide to management : how to be a manager who makes a difference and gets results.

A guide to becoming an effective manager, full of practical tips and advice on to the everyday challenges of: Managing yourself; Developing communication skills and emotional intelligence; Managing others; Setting strategic direction; Managing change; Managing money, resources and technology.

Great answers to tough CV problems: CV secrets from a top career coach

Detailed guide to constructing effective CVS.

Effective people management

A short guide to team management and leadership.

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Online articles

The ICAEW Library & Information Service provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. This resource is available to ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

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On the herding of cats

Professional service firms are composed of experts who prize their autonomy. In this context, leadership must be a collective endeavor.

Observations from a Professor serving as Dean

Drawing on his experience as an accounting professor serving as dean of a business school, Douglas A.Shackelford gives advice for accounting academics interested in academic leadership positions.

Closing the diversity gap

A comprehensive study finds that greater equity and inclusion are needed to close a diversity gap within the US accounting profession, particularly at leadership levels.

Who aspires to be a partner in a public accounting firm? A study of individual characteristics and gender differences

Research identifying characteristics influencing partner aspirations in US public accounting firms, with special emphasis on gender differences.

Women naturally better leaders in times of crisis and beyond

The article presents a report of Leadership and Emotional Intelligence Performance Accelerator (LEIPA), 360-feedback tool from LeaderShape Global, which reveals that women are better leaders than men in the times of crisis.

When women lead workplaces should listen

Article looks at leadership lessons learnt from women-only leadership programmes and speculates that the most valuable lesson is showing an organisation where to improve.

Audit committee chair's abilities: beyond financial expertise

Research into the unique role of the audit committtee chair and gives insights to corporate boards and policy‐makers to help them identify the audit committee chair with the right abilities.

How self-storage is packing in the investors

The UK is a market leader in self-storage, but there is plenty of room for future growth.

People-centered leadership

The article offers information on the importance of employee management for business development. Topics discussed include information on providing services for the career development of employees; discussions on the services for the benefits of employees; and the advice on caring the employee conduct of life.

Developing learning agility

The author shares insights on aspects of developing learning agility, an openness to information and the ability to learn and use insights from the said information. The article examines the particular habits developed by learning-agile employees, the acquisition of diverse expertise or different skills, and the need for the leadership to foster learning agility.

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Useful links

CIPD leadership factsheet
Topics covered in this Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) factsheet include how leadership differs from management, leadership development and strategic leadership.

Investors in People framework
Framework for creating effective leadership from Investors in People.

Teamwork: Success through people
Booklet from Acas aiming to assist those involved in or organising teamwork.

Cranfield International Centre for Women Leaders
The centre, which is part of Cranfield University's School of Management, is responsible for an annual benchmarking report, The Female FTSE Report, which has been published since 1999 and includes details of the number of female directors in the FTSE 100. This website provides information on the work of the centre, its research projects and published research papers.

The role and expectations of a CFO: A global debate on preparing accountants for finance leadership
Discussion paper and selection of resources from IFAC. The paper looks at the changing scope of CFO and finance leadership roles and how accountants can prepare for career progression.

Past perspectives, future change: A study into the experiences of senior women in financial services
Report published in March 2011 by executive search firm Odgers Berndtson and corporate leadership experts Muika Leadership. The study, which is based on interviews with over 100 women in leading roles in the UK financial services industry, provides information and analysis that can be used by companies to address the gender imbalance.

Business guide from Atom Content Marketing.

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