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 Accounting & Finance Career Insights February 2012 
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Newsline: Humility Key to Effective Leadership

Feature: Can Leadership be Learned?

CPE Spotlight: Stewardship: Serving to Succeed

Book Pick: Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall St.

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Humility Key to Effective Leadership
Humble leaders are more effective and better liked, according to a study in the Academy of Management Journal.

"Leaders of all ranks view admitting mistakes, spotlighting follower strengths and modeling teachability as being at the core of humble leadership," says Bradley Owens, assistant professor of organization and human resources at the University at Buffalo School of Management. "And they view these three behaviors as being powerful predictors of their own as well as the organization's growth."

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Can Leadership Be Learned?
By Victoria Delaney
I was teaching a quality management system internal auditor class last week and this question came up. "Can you learn leadership or are you born one?" My initial reaction was leadership cannot be taught, but some people are born to be leaders. They have the social skills that are required to be a successful leader.


Stewardship: Serving to Succeed
This course takes an in-depth look at the concept of stewardship, the persons who typically serve as stewards in the workplace, and the characteristics stewards should embody in order to be effective. In order to provide a contrast, the characteristics of a self-server are also covered and discussed. In the context of stewardship and the ability of one to work through attitudes toward, and relationships with, fellow workers a "tolerance scale" is presented. The course further explores how stewards need to serve in today's business world, laying out what employees are looking for and how stewards need to respond to those expectations, and concludes with a section on setting employees up for success and the rewards that can accrue to those who can accomplish this endeavor. Take this course


Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall Street
By John G. Taft, John C. Bogle (Foreword by), Charles D. Ellis
A compelling argument for why stewardship of wealth and service to others should be our highest financial priority. Stewardship is the journey of financial insider John Taft towards understanding and affirming the importance of stewardship—which he has come to define as "serving others"—as a core principle for the financial services industry, the global financial system, and society at large. Buy this book

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