Update on Leadership and Talent session at IBA 2018 in Rome

An interesting discussion about leadership in law firms involving lawyers from around the world.  One point upon which we all agreed was that law firms do not identify their future leaders early enough in their careers.  The qualities that often make good leaders, including creativity, empathy, courage, personal insight and vision, are not those that are generally valued and measured positively during the career of a young lawyer.  Indeed in many cases these are qualities that work against them, as many agreed that progressing in a legal career is about compliance and putting in the hours.  But as retention becomes increasingly difficult for law firms, maybe they should be looking at their young lawyers in a new light.

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