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Moving outside your comfort zone and embracing a new challenge

By Colin Dworkin, Director of Programmes, Talaspect Talent Development

12 February 2015

This is the first of a new series of Managing Partner columns on how law firm leaders can improve their personal effectiveness.

It is possible that your pathway to leadership has prepared you well for whatever lies ahead. But, leadership often brings many first-time experiences.

Some take these in their stride. And, provided their confidence is not wildly misplaced, this psychological front foot forward may serve them well. Others find themselves on the back foot, with quiet self-talk in their heads telling them 'I have never had to do this before' or 'it's going to destroy my credibility if I handle this badly'.

Although we have to be realistic about our capabilities, we also need to be conscious that fear of the task can lead to unsatisfactory outcomes.

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