May/June 2020

Perspectives

Management vs. Leadership: Why They Both Matter

Rodney Dowell

A great law firm needs both strong leadership and leaders who manage. We work in an industry that requires strict adherence to deadlines, rules and procedures, or a firm or an individual attorney will suffer grave consequences that directly arise from a lack of management. The importance of law firm management is reflected in the existence of the LP division.

Extraordinary firms demonstrate that the skills of leadership and management are inexorably linked. These firms either have an individual who is both an outstanding leader and manager, or the firm has found a way to find the right combination of individuals with leadership and management skills. The combined skills of individuals create the success of the firm. A law firm that succeeds without both strong leadership and excellent management is rare.

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