October 28, 2019 8 minutes to read ∙ 1800 words

Building a Practice: Manage by Leading

By Terrie S. Wheeler

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Learn the difference between leadership and management.

Learn the difference between leadership and management.

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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