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The power of leadership in legal practices

Firms too often make the mistake of filling leadership roles based on seniority rather than the ability to take the business forward, writes David Cliff

13 September 2017

We talk about leadership as a virtuous quality. Leaders are considered special, differentiated from the masses by the ability to bring order and direction in everything from corporate growth to crisis management to the very safety of the community.

Leadership forms a dyad of those who lead and those who are led. For every leader, there must be willing followers – they are two parts of a coherent social relationship that structures and orders different parts of society, whether that is the community at large, or a law firm.

The problem is, there is no agreed concept of just what a leader is. In many cases, a leader is seen as a set of individual qualities, such as “charismatic” or, more in vogue at present, “authentic”.

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