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Managing partners who empower associates, staff, have more profitable law firms

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 8:44 AM | By Jana Schilder

Management is getting work done through other people. Yet, there is no course called “Managing Partner 101” in law school.

At very large firms, managing partners are the conciliators-in-chief. They manage by consensus, “leading from behind.” These managing partners get voted in by their fellow partners because they don’t voice strong opinions for or against anything. It’s Goldilocks’ porridge: not too hot, not too cold — it’s just right. Sometimes, it’s even a popularity contest, plain and simple. In medium-sized and smaller law firms, it’s a...