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Becoming a trusted leader without ‘buying’ partner support

By Manju Manglani, Editor, Managing Partner

20 June 2014

No matter how good a managing partner you are, it is inevitable that you will struggle with the issue of being disliked by some of your partners. While you may genuinely believe that it is better to be respected than to be liked, it can be exhausting to constantly have your defences up against partners who barely tolerate you.

Very often, the biggest rainmakers in law firms have a relentless drive to win at (almost) any cost. These partners tend to take a dim view of each other's competence, so you can be sure that they also question yours regularly. Some even take grim pleasure in scoring points against their managing partners, as if
to demonstrate their own greater suitability for the position. This is despite the fact that partners often view their managing partners as little more than
petty bureaucrats who fail to contribute to the profits from which they are drawing.

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