Francesc Dominguez argues that a ‘legal CEO’ can drive a firm’s success

If a CEO’s direct role or responsibility is to ‘connect’ the market with the firm, then marketing acts as the link between the firm and its market.

Traits of an effective CEO

Any CEO, whether internal or external, should be chosen on the basis of meritocratic criteria such as business insight, delegation skills, relations management, client portfolio and, of course, personality, attitude, style and leadership skills.

It is not enough for a legal CEO (also known as a managing partner in practice, depending on the profile of the firm) to be a competent or prestigious lawyer; they must also be a flexible leader who can adapt to any circumstances – and, of course, their team of professionals.<...

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