Why do law firm partners think they are not leaders or managers?

von Marion Ehmann

I have been puzzled by this question for years. Reasons for thinking about it pop up in my life on a regular basis. For example:

A number of years ago, I participated in a leadership training for partners and counsel at the large law firm I was working for. At the end of the four-day training, I saw one of the senior partners almost crushing the trainer´s hand, complementing him on a great training (that in itself is a rare and beautiful thing to see). Some weeks later, that partner and I had a chat and I asked him how he applied the tools from the training that he was enthusiastic about, and he replied: ”Well, mostly at home with my family, because you know Marion, I am not a leader; I do not have any leadership tasks.” I was stunned and speechless (which is also a rare thing to see ). Recently I met a Head of HR at a law firm where I do Legal Project Management trainings and when she asked the partners of her firm what they needed, the reply was along the lines of “Please, whatever, but no management or leadership training!!” In late summer I did a 90-minute session on Feedback during a partner retreat and a young partner thanked me afterwards and added “Well, I for one think it´s fun and rewarding to lead people!” The strange thing was the note of self-consciousness in his voice – he seemed to be aware of the oddity of a statement like that in our industry ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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