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Thinking like an Owner.
Thinking like an Owner.
The best-selling book The Leadership Challenge, by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, has been called the “bible” of leadership—and it is just as thick. But it is not the number of pages that justifies such an accolade, it is the fact that the book is filled with universal leadership principles that can be applied in every type of organization. Kouzes and Posner contend that there are five practices of exemplary leadership, and during my year as Law Practice Management Section Chair, I have seen the Section’s staff and active volunteer leaders put those practices into action. The five practices, as defined by Kouzes and Posner, are:
Growth in the Section’s collective practice of each of these five principles is what I hoped for this year at all levels. Each of you can be the judge of how well we did.
In looking toward the future, I am pleased to report that at the LPM Spring Meeting, the Section Council established a strategy and planning infrastructure that assures that Section leadership will continually ask whether there is a shared vision—and a strategy to achieve that vision—as well as whether Section entities and their active participants are practice management models, both enabling of, and encouraging to, each other and each of our members.One of my leadership mentors is John Maxwell, who in his 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership proposes this: “The Law of Legacy—A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession.” It seems like yesterday that I wrote my first message in these pages expressing hope that we would do the extraordinary this year. Now I write my last column as Section Chair, and as all who came before me, I hope that we have succeeded in our objectives for the year—and I expect that our Section will continue to move forward in service to members and their clients. I am followed by an excellent and highly skilled leader, Vedia Jones-Richardson, who is not only a friend but a fellow North Carolinian. Maxwell’s Law of Legacy is truly not about what I have done to help prepare Vedia or the Section’s other incoming officers for the new year, but rather about what steps the whole organization, volunteers and staff have taken in each of their respective roles over the past 12 months to help ensure the future success of the Section itself. Owing to the excellent leadership of so many active members and dedicated staff, I am quite confident that the Section is poised for extraordinary success in the year to come.