Effective Leadership

​CAEs are more than expert technicians – they must also be excellent leaders. They lead not only their internal audit functions, but are also leaders in their organizations, filling an indispensable role in governance, influencing the culture, speaking truth to power, and leading by exemplary example. While many of these traits are critical for every leader, there are certain attributes on which CAEs must focus given their specific role in the organization. IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers explains why courage is a necessary trait for internal auditors.

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Featured Resources​​​​

Innovation in Internal Auditing

Innovation in Internal Auditing

Stakeholders everywhere are demanding higher performance, higher value, more insights, and greater assurance from their internal audit functions to help them operate in an increasingly complex world. Internal audit, to remain relevant, has no option but to embrace change and apply an innovation mindset to meet current and future demands. Read the Knowledge Brief.

Leadership Skills Can Drive Change

Leadership Skills Can Drive Change

Clear messages, an open mindset, and a willingness to shift beliefs will enhance leadership and management abilities. Executive performance coach Jacquelyn Wieland says these critical leadership skills will help CAEs drive change and transformation in their roles. Read the report.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

Managing emotions during pressure situations is important if CAEs want to be exceptional leaders. Psychologist J.P. Pawliw-Fry challenges CAEs to understand what they do in pressure moments and how it impacts those around them. Learn more.

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