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A C-Level job is all about “managing complexity”, a defining trait of a leader. A Chief Executive Officer is involved in strategic decision making, responding to unanticipated events and directing the interaction of different functions in the organization. A leader defines an organization. A skillful Chief Executive Officer is always prepared for rapid escalation of complexities in the world of business.

It is generally assumed that complexities arise largely from external factors like globalization and unexpected crisis. While external complexities endanger the growth of a company, high levels of internal complexity significantly bring down an organization’s ability to respond effectively to complex and unanticipated events.

Trade is liberated beyond geographical borders and the bitterness of financial crisis clarifies the fact that businesses are globally intertwined. A global overview of business and its performance will be the foundation of our discussion.

In today‟s global business scenario, the role of Chartered Accountants in steering in their financial acumen and business expertise is sure to bring a flavor of professional approach to all that is done, right from understanding the financial stand of the company to appraising a strategic move. Undoubtedly, a person who can see through all the hidden risks (financial, operational, regulatory, legal, tax) an organization is likely to face, is capable of leading the organization in the best interest of its goals, management and the stakeholders.

The aim of this paper is to bring into the limelight the similar traits possessed by chartered accountants and Chief Executive Officers of companies. Chartered Accountants are recognized as the cream of our society, who can understand, guide and lead the society, in the best interest of its requirements and goals. Rising from being a strong finance professional to becoming the finance lead of an organization, a Chartered Accountant best suits the role of a Chief Executive Officer in terms of his education, expertise, efficiency.

A Chartered Accountant defined by his qualities of integrity, financial acumen, independence and objectivity is best suited to lead an organization. All that the transition of chartered accountants from being advisers to leaders requires is an understanding that their education and training equips them to lead organizations in the best interest of the organization and society at large.

A Chartered Accountant always evolves himself as the most sought after professional be it practice or industry, the former as an advisor and the latter as a performer. A professional with a clear understanding of what things where, are, and will be. A Chartered Accountant is better placed over other professionals given his understanding of business and commercial laws, taxation, regulatory framework and  above all the concept of business and its performance.

“If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner”. A burning desire to emerge successful with the help of efficient goal setting process and implementation ensures he is the right man, at the right place for the right cause. Being a leader from within makes all the difference.

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