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Tunnel vision: Source the best leaders for your law firm

Warren Foot considers whether partners should look beyond their firm and sector when selecting their next leader

24 June 2013

In her excellent Managing Partner blog post in February, Beverly Landais espoused the qualities of skilled leadership. She painted a picture of a great leader being a great communicator, flexible and approachable, and an excellent team player who is able to set clear and measurable objectives in the absence of a 'blame culture'. She states that such people will not only articulate a vision of how the future will be but how to get there. She then concludes by saying that, while there is no mystery to leadership, these qualities are rare. I agree, but why is that? Is it all down to the individuals themselves or does the wider partnership bear some responsibility?

Law firms do not spend nearly enough time identifying potential leaders, training and preparing them for leadership, supporting them when they are there and helping them to step down when the time is rig...

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