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Addressing ambivalence: The role of partners in junior talent development

Partners need to step up and take ?an active role in junior talent development, says Sue Beavil

29 May 2013

The role of partners in achieving success for their firms demands the delivery of a multitude of skill sets and ?a wealth of experience. Not only are partners expected to have a thorough knowledge of their area of law, but they must also demonstrate that they have the ability to build and maintain client relationships and bring in profitable work. They are expected to be rainmakers, matter, case and project managers, great networkers and inspiring leaders. They are ?also increasingly asked to mentor, coach and develop those around them.

The development of partners in this multitude of skill sets, including management and leadership, before they join their partnerships, varies from partnership track programmes to nothing other than developing management skills by osmosis, through observing the behaviours of other partners and relying on a sixth sense of what they should be doing.

This contrast between full pre-partnership development programmes and 'lea...

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