The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership – Harvey S. Firestone
What gets measured gets done — Peter Drucker (and others)
About a year ago, David Rosenblatt and I published 15 Tips for Leadership Success (see Law Practice Today, January 2023). In that article, we discussed the most important attributes of a good law firm leader and the skills necessary to be effective in a leadership role. [David was one of the longest serving managing partners in Boston and recently stepped down from that role and I coach managing partners and general counsel who are new to their roles.]
In our most recent article in Law Practice Today, Why Law Firms Should Spend Time Investing in Their Talent, we expand upon the definition of who is a leader in a law firm and focus on the first tip—The Leader is Responsible for Everyone Else’s Success.
David and I talk about why making this investment is so crucial to the success of a law firm (client satisfaction, developing future leaders, keeping employees engaged, etc.) We also offer a laundry list of things that law firms can do to make this investment. These are things that go way beyond formal training (for starter: sharing financial information, getting lawyers to serve on committees, encouraging community participation, giving younger lawyers more hands on work, etc.)
Being a leader and being a practicing lawyer require different skill sets. Lawyers who are new in leadership roles should take heed and invest time in developing these new skills.
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