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Can chartered accountants make excellent CEOs?

Leadership is much more than strategy and finance – it is mainly about people – and that requires emotional intelligence and judgement.

Finance directors are not seen as the natural choice for CEO as they are perceived to be lacking in optimism and are not seen as naturally extrovert, two key aspects that businesses look for in their leaders. 

Jo Iwasaki expressed Corporate Governance views of chartered accountants as leaders, and Carol McLachlan and John Knights addressed this perception issue. They offered practical guidance on how we as finance professionals can better position ourselves to be successful leaders for whatever stage of our career we are at.