Why Leaders Need Feedback by Dr. Larry Richard


If you’re a leader in a law firm, you need feedback. In this article, I’ll explain why.

For years, law firms survived without much leadership. Yes, they were managed, but they were not led. I’m happy to say that today it’s becoming the norm for well run firms to seek out leaders to help shape the firm’s direction, clarify their focus, and build buy-in and enthusiasm among the partners.

And given the acceptance of the need for leadership, it’s becoming equally clear to many firms that most lawyers need formal training in how to be effective leaders. Leadership is not something taught in most law schools.

When I talk to managing partners, management committee members, and practice group leaders, they are mostly interested in the substance of leadership—what do I do when, what do I say to whom, and what should my priorities be? These are important questions and the correct answers, if adopted, will make you a better leader.

But there is an equally important aspect to leadership that is often overlooked and that is the “process” of leadership, the “how” rather than the “what.”

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