Monday, February 27th, 2023


“How can you have charisma? Be more concerned about making others feel good about themselves than you are making them feel good about you.” – Dan Reiland

A very simple question today. Do you have charisma?

I don’t think we often consider charisma as part of the job description for a partner. Or for a CPA in general. I have met many CPAs over my years in the profession. The most successful ones, the ones I grew to know and admire from various firms, had charisma. They are the ones who became a firm’s managing partner and then led that firm to amazing heights.

I recently read a description of charisma: Charisma is charm that inspires devotion.

Many CPAs have (or have acquired) charm. They use charm to build relationships with important clients. They use it to mentor younger CPAs. But a select few have charisma.

As a leader of a firm, how about you? Do you have it?

  • "There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament."
  • Henry Van Dyke

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