The New Leadership Skills You Need to Make Partner in Today’s Accounting Firm


Technical skills alone aren’t enough.

by Rick Telberg

Rarely has leadership-level talent been so important to the CPA profession and yet, perhaps, so difficult to find.

“Technical knowledge used to be the only thing a firm really needed,” says Rex Gatto, a Ph.D. in organizational psychology and a personnel consultant to CPA firms.

“But now you have to have somebody who can communicate, mentor and coach,” he says. “Someone who knows how to build a team and a succession plan and work with others to make it happen.”