The best firms get better by improving their leadership and management skills. Many people and firms refer to leadership and management synonymously, but these represent distinct differences and skillsets. Both are very important.However, productivity is typically the measurement of highest value in an accounting firm. Individuals are regularly rewarded for their productivity, rather than the ability to leverage time and get results through others. The support and cooperation of others is necessary in order to accomplish significant goals.

When you think of your managing partner or chief executive, do you think of a great manager or of a great leader? Most firms want both, and it is difficult, if not impossible, to find someone who can or wants to be both.

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