CPE Self-Study
Owning Your Leadership: Building Extraordinary Relationships Beginning With Self
Personal Development
Online: 8.0
Gain a deeper understanding of the leadership and relationship skills you'll need to be an effective leader from any position - it starts with managing self.

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In today’s demanding climate, practice leaders are intensely focused on business strategies, decision-making and results. However, minimal time is spent on self-management – the skills and strategies that anchor personal and professional growth. As leaders, it’s imperative to develop ‘self’ in order to effectively influence team members and peers and effectuate real change within your firm.

At the invitation of CPA.com, John Engels, Founder and President of Leadership Coaching, Inc., developed a seven-part on demand series: Owning Your Leadership: Building Extraordinary Relationships Beginning With Self. John has over 3 decades of experience as a leadership thinker and coach to top-level leaders of businesses and professional firms. John offers a deeper perspective on often unexamined issues that influence how leaders think and behave. This self-study, seven part program provides accounting professionals with a deeper understanding of the leadership and relationship skills they’ll need to be an effective leader from any position within a firm. It starts with managing self. Topics covered include:

Course includes integrated text and study guide, final exam and grading service.

If you are taking this course for CPE credit, you must pass the course exam with a score of at least 70%. After passing the exam, you will be issued a Certificate of Completion by CPA.COM. This certificate is the documentation required by regulatory agencies. You must complete the exam within one year of buying this course. Retain your invoice; it serves as your proof of purchase.

You do not have to take the sessions sequentially.

“By virtue of an alternate lens that brings honest self-awareness and personal accountability into focus, the program builds ability to connect and communicate with peers, team members and family. John has a unique ability to connect with people and while he guides participants on a not necessarily a comfortable journey, it is an extremely rewarding process both personally and professionally.”

Gail M. Kinsella, CPA, CGMA, Partner
The Bonadio Group

You are registering for all 7 sessions when you click ‘Add to Cart’. You cannot purchase just one session.

Who Should Attend

  • Emerging Leaders in Firms
  • Key Staff
  • Partners in Small, Mid-Size and Large Firms
  • Professionals in Business Development, Marketing, Human Resources, and IT

Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


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John Engels

Founder and President, Leadership Coaching, Inc

John Engels founded Leadership Coaching, Inc. in 1996, based on the integration of three cutting-edge research disciplines: neuroscience, Bowen Family Systems Theory, and the evolution of leadership in non-human species. Under John’s guidance, his consulting team continues to draw on decades of learning with family researchers and with accomplished scientists who study the leadership behavior of wolves, elephants, chimpanzees, and other animals.

John earned an undergraduate degree in mass communications from St. Bonaventure University, and a master’s degree in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. After those formal studies, Engels began his "real education” 20 years of study in Bowen Family Systems Theory, and 20 years of monthly visits to a lifer’s group inside Attica Prison.

As both learner and teacher, John has traveled to many of the world’s most challenging environments, including Bangladesh, Haiti, Lebanon and post-Apartheid South Africa. He has addressed global audiences on topics related to the science and practice of high-maturity leadership, including at the American University of Beirut, Caritas Bangladesh, Cornell University, Enterprise Worldwide, The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Japan Family Center, The Port of Beirut, Simon School of Business, Taziki Psychiatric Hospital in Okinawa, and The United States Military Academy at West Point.

IIn recent years, John has presented new thinking, strategies and skills on “Emotional Maturity in the Family Business” to the heads of university-based Family Business Centers in the United States and Canada. At the invitation of the American Institute of CPAs and cpa.com, John recently produced a seven-session online series entitled “Owning Your Leadership: Building Extraordinary Relationships Beginning with Self,” targeted to public accounting firms in North America and beyond.

Now in its 20th year, John’s nine-month long Advanced Leadership Course, has graduated more than 1,500 top-level leaders.

Currently, John spends much of his professional life as a mentor to executive coaches and family business consultants. Each year, he contributes pro-bono teaching and coaching services to small, not-for-profit and community organizations. In addition, he accepts selective speaking invitations, writes a regular leadership column for the Rochester Business Journal and annually redesigns the curriculum for the Advanced Leadership Course.

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CPE credits
: 8.0
NASBA Field of Study
Personal Development
Delivery Method
QAS Self-Study
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