Because this magazine publishes separate issues focusing on leadership and management, I am opening this column by reminding readers of the difference between the topics. Leadership is typically about motivating and inspiring a group of people to seek to reach a set of organizational goals. Key skills include the ability to motivate, inspire and empower others. Management overlaps in certain areas with leadership but differs in that management involves organizing and coordinating organizational activities so that things actually get done in a manner consistent with organizational goals.
In law firms, leadership and management are often taken on by the same individuals. It is helpful if those leaders spend time developing good leadership skills as well as good management skills. In the management realm, hiring and retaining talent is often a significant challenge for law firms.