August 20, 2020 Law Practice

Navigating the Double Bind: The Path to Authentic Leadership

by Kristin Haugen and Jane DiRenzo Pigott

Legal organizations benefit from diversity in their leadership ranks. Younger lawyers can look up the ranks and see group and team heads who look like them. Decision making and strategic planning benefit from diverse perspectives, and companies with diverse members on their boards perform better. Diverse organizations are more attractive to clients and talent. The ability for every lawyer to feel safe being more authentic at work increases as those at the top of the organization model diverse styles of leadership. Unfortunately, the fight to increase diversity and promote the ideas of inclusion has been ongoing for years, and legal organizations still have much work to do on both fronts.

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