Three Books CPAs Should Read After Becoming a Partner

Becoming a partner in a public accounting firm takes a lot of hard work and skill development. But that doesn’t stop once you make partner; if anything, you have to devote yourself to developing a whole new set of talents.To help, we asked experts to recommend books that can assist young CPAs with becoming better managers, leaders, and owners. Here are their picks.

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box, by The Arbinger Institute. Originally published in 2000 and since revised, this book argues that people are masters of self-deception and thus unaware of their own destructive behaviors. Shedding light on this common practice helps readers become more effective leaders.

“This is one of my favorite leadership books because it discusses an often overlooked, but critical, failure of most people—the ability to deceive oneself,” said David Wood, Ph.D., an associate professor and Glen Ardis Fellow at Brigham Young University’s School of Accountancy. “This book is an accessible read that helps you learn how to see your own failings and problems.”  Read more 

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