At the Microsoft Convergence Conference last month, there were no lengthy expositions involving lessons from the travels of great explorers. But there was a slide with the new leader of Microsoft Business Solutions wearing a cheesehead. It was clear that Kirill Tatarinov, who wore the Wisconsin symbol, would not evoke lessons of  Lewis and Clark. But neither could I picture long-time leader MBS Doug Burgum performing karaoke at the house of blues as Tatarinov did (to bad reviews).

What do differences in style mean in leadership? It’s a question we will be asking over the next year because three major players in the accounting midmarket have new leaders. The others are Intuit’s CEO Brad Smith, who took over in January from Stephen Bennett and Sue Swenson, the incoming CEO of Sage Software, who takes over next month.

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