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Accepting responsibility: What being a partner means

Partners need to stop passing the buck and start stepping ?up as leaders, say Rob Lees and August Aquila

16 November 2012

Partners set the culture of a law firm – what they believe, what they reward, what they do and how they do it determines what and how things get done.

But, a consistent problem is the lack of clarity around what being a partner means. And, in the absence of clarity, partners typically fill the gap by doing what they think it means, with all of the differences of thought and behaviour that it inevitably brings. It’s these differences in behaviour that result in firms failing to maximise their potential.

Figure 1 illustrates some of the differences in approach that can occur when partners interpret their responsibilities themselves.

So, how do firms ove...

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