Sometimes You Can Be Right or You Can Be Liked

Steven Bobson, Europe & Americas Editor
September 26, 2012 /

In his blog, IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers shares his personal reflections and insights on the internal audit profession.

This week he focuses on how sometimes it’s impossible for internal auditors to be both right and liked at the same time. Here’s an excerpt:

I often post my thoughts on Twitter (@RFChambers). Most of the time, my Tweets receive few comments, but last week I heard from a surprising number of auditors after simply posting the thought: “Remember internal auditors: Sometimes you can be right or you can be liked — but you can’t be both!”

I immediately received responses from two different groups. Some said they agreed, stating that internal auditors were the traditional bearers of bad news and that this inevitably leads to acrimonious relationships. Others said they disagreed, stating that auditors with good interpersonal skills could find friends in any business environment.

I think both groups may have missed the point.

The key thought behind my statement was that sometimes it may be impossible to be both right and liked at the same time. It may not be common, but there will be times during even the most successful career when internal auditors face disagreement.


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