Written by Gindi Eckel Vincent, who serves as counsel in ExxonMobil’s law department, the book provides a concise road map of the latest collective wisdom on leadership and applies those principles to female lawyers.
“The advice in the book works,” said Vincent, who ended up with her dream job after putting the book’s principles to work. “No matter where you are in the practice of law,” she said, you will find answers that can help you develop “the critical leadership skills needed to be the best of the best in your field and your sphere of influence.”
The book distills current research and provides key concepts to help working women hone their skills. It also includes interviews with legal leaders and judges “who have led their way straight to the top.” The final chapter features total leadership makeovers for real-life lawyers at different ages, stages and practices. Readers are encouraged to apply those lessons to transform their “career confusion into clarity and their limbo into leadership.”
“One of the commission’s highest priorities throughout the years has been to provide female lawyers with the information and tools they need to advance into leadership positions,” Commission Chair Roberta D. Liebenberg said. “We published this book to help women — at any rung on the career ladder — chart their ascent to the top of the profession.”
Vincent wrote the book at the urging of Mary B. Cranston, chair of the Commission on Women in the Profession from 2011-2013, who served as an adviser for the publication. Vincent has more than 15 years of experience as an environmental attorney, including previously advising energy companies on complex environmental challenges at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
Cranston praised Vincent’s ability to synthesize all the existing research and create transformative case studies. “You don’t really need to read anything else,” Cranston said. “This [book] is enough to launch your career.”
Title: Learning to Lead: What Really Works for Women in Law
Publisher: American Bar Association
Product Code: 4920048
Size: 6 x 9
Price: $24.95 (Regular)
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Watch an interview with author Gindi Eckel Vincent.
Watch an interview with advisor Mary B. Cranston.
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