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Managing yourself: The emotional and psychological risks of leadership

Feeling good in a new leadership role means prioritising the 'soft stuff', say Colin Dworkin and Dr Karen Lindall

28 January 2015

Moving into a new leadership or management role brings its own mix of emotions - hopefully predominantly positive - but anxiety is bound to surface when pondering the challenges and uncertainties ahead. Typically, emotional responses are quickly pushed into the background as deliberations turn to the hard stuff: the vision, strategy, financials, targets and plans that will quickly dominate every future conversation (and by which you will be judged).

However, it is important to find time and space to bring these emotions back to the fore. Law firm leaders spend a great deal of time managing others (and dealing with other people's emotions), but it is important that they manage themselves too from an emotional and psychological perspective. It's a mistake to overlook the 'soft stuff' that can help you thrive in the role.

This article and the columns that follow in later issues of Managing Partner offer some food for thought for manag...

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