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David Morley: ‘Without political capital, you will struggle to be effective as a leader’

A&O's senior partner reveals the seven things he wished he knew before becoming senior partner

13 August 2015

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Political capital can make or break your success as a law firm leader, David Morley, global senior partner at Allen & Overy, has said.

Speaking at a Winmark CEO Network meeting chaired by Beverly Landais, marketing and BD director at Saunderson House, and exclusively covered by Managing Partner, Morley noted that political capital ties into a leader's personal credibility and influence.

"Without political capital, you will struggle to be effective as a leader," he said.

"Political capital is easy to lose, so pick your battles - each one leaves a scar."

He suggested that 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, he said.

Law firm leaders also need high-visibility leadership and strong emotional intelligence.

But, "the most important of these is political capital," he said.

Morley's thoughts on the seven personal qualities that every law firm leader needs to be truly effective will be published in the next issue of Managing Partner. Subscribe to Managing Partner today to read his insights.

 

 

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