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Leadership 101

The need for leaders in the legal industry is becoming increasingly more important as it continues to experience widespread changes, largely based on the economy.  Becoming an effective leader, however, is not something that most lawyers learn in law school or on the job.  The good news is that a leader can be created through a deliberate process that utilizes self-awareness and assessment.

To begin your leadership development, you must first honestly assess your strengths to determine whether you possess some or many of the characteristics common to effective leaders.  According to the extensive literature on leadership, the following ten strengths are considered the most important for a leader to possess.  How many do you have?

  1. excellent communication skills
  2. vision
  3. intrinsic values
  4. coalition builder
  5. ability to influence others
  6. ability to bring diverse groups together to work towards a common goal
  7. strategic planning skills
  8. flexibility
  9. ability to provide perspective
  10. technical expertise

In upcoming blogs, we will discuss each of the above skills in further detail and provide useful information on how to develop and to hone these important skills in law school and beyond.

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Posted by on Mar 11 2011. Filed under Alerts, Building a Leader, Leadership. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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