Dual Leadership Roles At Law Firms Present Challenges

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By Patrick McKenna (May 4, 2022, 3:52 PM EDT) — There is a pronounced trend toward law firms adopting a shared leadership model. Here, I share some of the common reasons executive committee members offer when they first consider a leadership duo, and discuss the unrecognized hurdles, some psychological, that make this leadership model rather challenging to implement.

If your law firm has potential office, group or firmwide leader candidates who would be great in the role but are reluctant to give up any of their client responsibilities, the notion of having co-leaders may be an attractive alternative. Some will advance a number of highly rational arguments for having two co-leaders:…

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