This article was originally published in the October 2019 issue of the NALP Bulletin – click here to read the original version now.
Law firm practice groups are typically led by the most respected legal expert or successful rainmaker in the group. But the skills required to be an effective practice group leader (“PGL”) are different from those to be a great lawyer or rainmaker.
Being a PGL whom members of the group actually want to follow requires the leader to possess a mix of leadership competencies and management skills that inspire attorneys to do their best work, remain focused and accountable, and work collaboratively towards the greater good of the practice group and the firm. It also requires the firm to establish a strong PGL structure.
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