One of the biggest mistakes lawyers make is assuming strong leadership and management are the same thing. In law firms, it is a fairly common practice to take the lawyer with the biggest, most successful practice and ask him or her to serve in a position of leadership. The thought is, “She built a multi-million-dollar practice, which must qualify her to serve as our managing partner.” Therein lies an issue. Just because a lawyer can effectively manage the growth of his or her practice does not automatically make that lawyer a leader.
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