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Even the most prominent lawyers of our age (or ages past, for that matter) had to start from the bottom . But through hard work, dedication, ambition and self-improvement, some of them even ended up running entire countries. Think Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and, most recently, Barack Obama in the United States. In Australia, the legal profession is currently represented at the very top by Malcolm Turnbull
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Despite the fact that lawyers are highly educated and qualified as professionals, many seem inherently ill-adapted to leadership and management roles.
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It is very important to understand that leadership and management are not the same thing. While top-level executives will be poor custodians without leadership skills, a law office will not thrive unless such skills are found at all levels of the business.
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I think there is a difference in developing leadership skills and developing individual leaders.
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That is right. The former is what will turn novice lawyers into better professionals and perhaps elevate them to an executive position one day. It is leadership skills that will give them the confidence to set higher goals, lead their own projects, assume greater responsibilities, and gradually move on to bigger things.
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As I understand it, the skills they develop in the beginning will later give them the courage to lead big-scale projects, preside over cases, and supervise teams.
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That is what I did in my junior years, try to develop leadership skills. Now, I am supervising new lawyers coming on to our team.
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Let us discuss the different leadership skills you need to develop in order to shine.
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The ability to apply good judgment and make sound decisions is one of the most important skills a good leader can have.
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Good leadership requires making decisions effectively, alone or in collaboration with others.
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Whether you’re in a supervisory role or not, lawyers and paralegals have to make difficult decisions every day, after carefully weighing the facts, benefits and consequences. Most of the time there are no negative repercussions, but one rash choice can upset a case or a client — and even undermine your legal career objective to move into a leadership position.
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Good judgment requires exercising your best problem-solving abilities. The bigger the potential risk, the more important it is that you take your time and weigh the options.
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Sometimes, you just need to learn from experience. The best decision-makers in the world succeed because they have the ability to capitalize on their mistakes, keep refining their judgment, and defy their own flawed logic.
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As you develop this skill, it’s critical to seek the input of more experienced legal professionals. Talk to your boss or mentor about your choices and how you arrived at your decision, and ask them for feedback.
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As you advance in your legal career, you will find yourself working on larger teams juggling increasingly complex projects and cases. Collaboration is essential if you are to succeed working with colleagues and clients of diverse styles, education and experience levels.
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I think promoting collaboration in the legal field is a great idea. I encountered some cases that have legal and cultural components that need to be addressed. By collaborating, you can find the right person for each task and provide the best service for your clients.
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It is pretty hard for me to collaborate. I prefer working on my own, I work faster that way.
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