Auditing Leadership: The Professional and Leadership Skills You Need / Edition 1

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Until now, there has not been a book created specifically for auditors that solely focuses on the critical skills needed to personally excel and become a leader in the audit profession.

Written by Brian Kush, an experienced coach and CPA who has worked with thousands of auditors, Auditing Leadership is the only book of its kind, brimming with practical tips, insights, and ideas on becoming a leader in completing audits, in the audit profession, and in your life.

Avoiding technical accounting literature and references to FASBs, IASBs, and SASs, this invaluable resource instead addresses the key interpersonal and leadership challenges auditors face every day in the world of auditing and provides:

  • Solid guidance on becoming a better leader, based on the person you already are and the strengths you already have
  • The workable skills to excel in auditing, including client service, client management, time management, personal branding, supervising, communication skills, and much more
  • Stand-alone chapters that allow readers to read the book cover to cover or pick and choose topics of interest
  • Reflective discussions that challenge professionals to take their leadership skills to a new level by uncovering their goals and uncorking their potential

All about uncovering your big plan and having lots of little plans as well, the skills discussed in this guide are centered on the auditing career, and becoming a better leader, whether you are "leading" your family, working alone, or working with a large group of people. Both a professional guide and an insightful personal reference tool, Auditing Leadership authoritatively enables auditors to boost their personal leadership and professional skills.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470450017
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/27/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian D. Kush, CPA, CISA, former vice president of AuditWatch and a former auditor at Ernst & Young, is President of Moxie Partners, a professional coaching company that helps accountants and other professionals achieve in self-defined and measurable ways. His clients include accounting firms, internal auditors, entrepreneurs, and other leaders across the country. In his career, he has worked with over 100 CPA firms and provided consulting and/or live instruction to thousands of auditors on best practices, audit technology tools, and audit process reengineering.

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Table of Contents


About the Author.


CHAPTER 1 Where Are You Going?

Your Roles.

Your Mission.

Your Core Values.

Roles, Mission, Values: Tying It All Together.

Leadership Summary.

CHAPTER 2 Selling Number One.

Continuously Selling Yourself.

Your Brand.

Branding versus Selling.

Leadership Summary.

CHAPTER 3 Feedback Equals Money.

Sources of Feedback.

Performance Evaluations.

Feedback Is Contagious.

Specific Feedback Rocks!

A Feedback Culture Can Start with You.

Leadership Summary.

CHAPTER 4 The Audit Cheerleader.

Belief Is Mandatory.

Conflict Is Healthy.

Positivity Is Contagious.

Enemies Are Counterproductive.

Leadership Summary.


CHAPTER 5 Your Social Capital.

Social Capital.

Your Circle of Trust.

Strengthen Your Capital.

Leadership Summary.

CHAPTER 6 The First Step in Networking.

Networking Events.

Approach Networking as Relationship-Building.

Leadership Summary.


CHAPTER 7 The Most Important Word to an Auditor.

Understand More by Asking “Why?”.

Teach Why.

Leadership Summary.

CHAPTER 8 The Problem with To-Do Lists.

To-Do Lists Can Create Guilt.

Create Action Lists.

Reconcile To-Do Lists with Goals.

Prioritization of To-Dos—It’s Impossible!

Leadership Summary.

CHAPTER 9 The Power of Time-Blocking.

Schedule Buffer Time.

Time-Block Commitments, or Say “No!”

Planning Your Day by Using Time-Blocking.

Time-Block Away Distractions.

Time-Block Yourself.

Leadership Summary.

CHAPTER 10 The Power of Routines.

Routines and Habits.

Identifying Proactive, Healthy Routines.


Give Them a Name.

Group Routines Require Group Buy-In.

Create Accountability Related to Your Routines.

Leadership Summary.

CHAPTER 11 Do You Train Your People to Interrupt You?

Interruption Dependence?

Are You Too Accessible?

Empower People More So They Interrupt You Less.

Leadership Summary.

CHAPTER 12 Do You Have Commitment Issues?

Be Aware of All Commitments.

Habitually Undercommit.

Leadership Summary.

CHAPTER 13 Reengineer Your E-mail Practices.

How Much Are You E-mailing?

Challenge E-mails without Substance.

What’s in an E-mail?

E-mail Subject Headers.

E-mail Body.

E-mail Habits of Others.

Processing E-mail.

How Often Should You Check E-mail?

Leadership Summary.


CHAPTER 14 Effective Opining.

What Is Your Advice Process?

Unsolicited Advice.

Leadership Summary.

CHAPTER 15 Are You a Filler-holic?

Conversation Word Fillers.

Writing Word Fillers.

Leadership Summary.

CHAPTER 16 Why We Love PowerPoint Slides.

What Is Your Objective in Making a Presentation?

Present with the Audience in Mind.

Preparing a Presentation with Purpose.

Leadership Summary.

CHAPTER 17 One Way to Avoid Office Rage.

Your Confrontation Style?

Turn Anger into Problems and Solutions.

Leadership Summary.


CHAPTER 18 Who Is the Puppet Master?

Who Is Pulling the Strings?

The Single Biggest Opportunity to Improve Your Audit?

Stop Managing “Clients.”

The First Step in Client Management.

Stop “Managing” Clients.

Leadership Summary.

CHAPTER 19 What Hat Are You Wearing?

How Many Hats Are You Wearing?

Audit Your Audits.

Client Education.

Leadership Summary.

CHAPTER 20 Be Memorable.

Remind Clients of Your Value.

Create Stories.

Turn “Messing Up” into “Stepping Up”.

Let Clients Guide You.

Be Yourself.

One Client at a Time.

Leadership Summary.


CHAPTER 21 Prepare to Be Fired.

Prepare to Be Fired from the Very Beginning: Leadership Transition.

Add More Responsibilities.

They See, They Do.

Team Accountability.

Team Chemistry.

The “Open Door” Leader.

Teach Your Teams to Seek Complaints.

Ponder Your Future Often.

Leadership Summary.

CHAPTER 22 Now Where Are You Going?

Success Is a Mind-Set, Not a Finish Line.

Awareness Unlocks Who You Are.

What Are the Leadership Skills You Uncovered and Want to Develop?

Your Plan.

APPENDIX You Know You Are an Auditor When . . . .

Afterword and Acknowledgments.


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