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David Morley: 7 things I wish I knew before becoming senior partner

What are the personal qualities that every law firm leader needs to be truly effective? Manju Manglani shares the insights of David Morley, global senior partner at Allen & Overy

25 August 2015

Anyone who takes on a senior leadership role within a law firm needs to have a sincere interest in people, the global senior partner and former managing partner of Allen & Overy has said.

"I find people endlessly fascinating - how they think and why they behave the way they do," noted David Morley. "I've seen so much over the years that nothing people do really surprises me anymore, I take it all in my stride."

He said there are seven things every senior or managing partner needs to be truly effective. Political capital and a personal brand are important, as are the ability to communicate, to inspire, to delegate and to have difficult conversations. Law firm leaders also need high-visibility leadership and strong emotional intelligence.

"The most important of these is political capital - it ties into your personal c...

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