All partners are equal but some are more equal than others!

Who is the boss?

Does my job title matter?

In professional services firms, people businesses, the positional titles are not necessarily the same as who is in charge!

Who is the real leader? Are all the partners equal? Are all equity partners equal?

In fact even very large organisations are led by only a very few people. It makes sense because if we had 20 partners all chipping in every time we needed a decision, we’d never make one, or 20 VPs or 20 directors.

Job titles are for many organisations a charade, a fake hierarchy. Some would justify this by agreeing it allows a career structure and different pay grades. What do you think? Do please post a comment below.

Finally my apologies to George Orwell for misquoting him in the title!

About drstevelewis

Good leadership is essential for any project to succeed. I specialise in the most difficult leadership challenges; those involving the way we relate to other people or the way they relate to us. With a background of many years in business and an earlier training in medicine I combine the two in a unique consultancy.
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2 Responses to All partners are equal but some are more equal than others!

  1. I agree, and would venture that often management [notice I did not say leadership] does not know. Management may believe a department is influenced by team members with titles, who are not as influential as others without titles. So… “What is in a name [title]”

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