Lawyers, Risk Aversion & Resistance to Change – What’s the Connection?

Jathan SpeakingAccording to validated personality test studies, lawyers lead other professions in “standard deviations.” That is, compared to other professionals and the populace in general, we score unusually high and low in several personality traits. These include skepticism (high), autonomy (high), sociability (low) and resiliency (low). This cocktail of personality traits creates challenges for leaders of law firms and other law organizations who recognize the need for change. In this interview, Dr. Larry Richard, a former trial attorney turned psychologist, explains why.

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