Adapting to a Changed Legal Marketplace
Chapter 10: Treating everyone professionally
As law firms have grown, they need to attract talented lawyers who often have difficulties dealing with others. Unfortunately, talent in a lawyer is also accompanied by ambition and high standards for others. If most lawyers conduct themselves responsibly and if the leaders, particularly, treat people fairly and encouragingly, the occasional bad behavior of a few individuals in some thoughtless moments will not be seen by most members of the community as carrying great weight. Law firms are generally very attractive places to work, because everyone is committed to his job. But a law firm should encourage positive behavior, because that will be inspirational to others. Leaders of law firms have a big task in leading an independent-minded, talented group of people with large egos, but a few well-placed leader/partners with the proper attitude will go a long way in setting the right example.
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