I am a student of the topic of leadership, mostly because my career calling requires it, but also because it is so difficult to define and impossible to master. By turns, leadership is hard to define, teach and quantify, but also easy to spot, be inspired by and follow.In public accounting, leadership has become an increasingly popular topic, as the entrepreneurial leaders who formed so many thriving practices begin to seriously contemplate retirement, only to be faced with the big question - who will lead this practice in my absence?

This question always causes me to wonder - shouldn't the answer be clear? Realizing that, for many, it isn't, it begs a few follow-on questions. Shouldn't we be developing leaders in our practice who are being prepared every day, from their first day, to take over for someone else in their absence? And, if so, how do we teach our people the lessons of leadership?

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