Law is a people business. While reputation, geography, areas of practice and competition can influence outcome, the most important factors in the success of a midsize law firm are directly related to the abilities of the leaders in the firm.

Like attorneys in their first years of practice who face a high learning curve, new leaders need to realize that being good attorneys does not necessarily make them great law firm leaders. They need to acquire new skills and to leave behind old habits — even ones that were critical to their climb up through the practice of law.

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