Leadership development a top priority

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants recently held a series of stakeholder events targeted at the global accounting body’s members, students and prospective students in the Cayman Islands. Brenda Lee Tang, Head Corporate Development and Paula Marcelle-Irish, Manager Northern Caribbean; ACCA Caribbean hosted the various events.

A forum on the importance of studying in a downturn was led by presenters including Steve McIntosh; President of CML Offshore Recruitment Services and Linda Clark, highest achiever and outstanding student June 2008 exams – ACCA qualification. Ms. Clark encouraged students in attendance to persevere and to not give up despite challenges that they may face.

The interactive seminar entitled ‘Managing Professional Development’ focused on the most effective means of professional development, in terms of how individuals and employers can achieve maximum return on investment made in training, as well as maximise cost and time efficiencies in light of the global economic conditions. Presenter Paula Marcelle-Irish identified three major cost neutral ways of obtaining Continuous Professional Development (CPD) – e-learning and seminars, learning and work and coaching and mentoring.

Delivering the feature presentation was Ormond Williams; President, Cayman National Bank. Mr Williams stressed to members that a paradigm shift on leadership was needed and that leadership development must become a number one priority. He added that the effective leader must be a learner; and he or she must do so on a constant basis.

‘Personal and professional development is critical just to stay current; much less to keep ahead of the curve. However, other attributes essential to leadership must be sought and developed,’ he said.

‘These include but are not limited to integrity, vision, humility, accountability and a passion for excellence; in other words, attributes that are about change to a fundamental rethinking of what is imperative to make a difference and to add value to situations and the lives of those we come into contact with.’

For further information, please contact:

Lesley John, ACCA Caribbean

1 868 622 3434

[email protected]