Accounting Influencers Roundtable


What Soccer Can Teach Accountants About Leadership

Rob Brown interviews Carl Reader on leadership lessons for accounting partners, managers and leaders from taking over a semi-professional soccer club.

It’s the “Best Practice in Accounting” show, every Thursday to 150 countries and 30,000 accounting practitioners, fintech specialists and influencers in the accountancy, CPA and bookkeeping space.

In today’s episode 17, “What Soccer Can Teach Accountants About Leadership” with special guest Carl Reader, founder of d&t accountants and bestselling author of BOSS IT.

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Key takeaways from this episode include:

the comparisons on leadership with accounting practices and professional sports clubs

the most important job for a leader in any business, including accountancy firms

the trust required to delegate tasks as an accounting leader to people that may not be as good as you

the impact of desire and ego in assigning roles in a professional firm or sports club

why the leader should not actually the hero in the story of a professional organisation

what it looks like when a leader’s laziness is bigger than their ego

shout out to Hungerford FC and Southend United soccer clubs in the UK

what £1000 moments and £1m ideas look like for leaders in accounting practices in delivering big benefits

what bad leadership looks like and what happens to organisations with poor leadership

practical tips for ‘wannabe’ leaders to channel their ambition in the accounting and fintech world

the importance of dress and professionalism for leaders wanting to set the right example

the need for young or new leaders to revisit their management books to get the basics right with vision and communication

why ongoing skills development is vital for today’s leaders to stay relevant and impactful with their people

shout out to ProNation, a new accounting community featuring Carl Reader, Lucy Cohen and Will Farnell


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