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What price is a good leader?

Law firms everywhere are experiencing change, which for the most part is being forced upon them by the market. Clients expect value-added services and better value for money, and, as a result, the competition just gets tougher. Peter Scott, a management consultant at Horwath Clark Whitehill, examines the role for leadership in these dangerous times where firms must quickly adapt to a changing world.

29 January 2003

Every week we are seeing examples of once- good firms slipping away – being first taken over and then dismembered by stronger and more ambitious firms.

Why is this happening, or more importantly, being allowed to happen? A partner in a well known firm, which seems to be going nowhere special, recently said to me: “We may not make the best money, but then we are not a driven firm.”

This statement encompasses for me much of what may be missing in many firms today – both large and small. They have no-one driving them, no effective leadership that is capable of taking the firm forward to achieve its goals and those of everyone in the firm.

What is a good leader worth to a law firm? And are partners really prepared to pay the price needed to secure the services of a person in whose hands they would be willing to place their futures?

How much is it worth to a firm to be led by a person who can fulfil crucial leadership roles at a time when, a...

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