Lawyers are called upon to lead. For instance, we lead as problem solvers by helping to resolve our client’s challenges and as gatekeepers of justice by providing pro bono legal services. Despite being endowed with this mantle of leadership, leadership development is a missing link in our professional development. This article seeks to fill this void by offering key tips on how to become an effective leader, which requires training and practice. Research has demonstrated that the exercise of leadership is a learning process in which one seeks to strengthen one’s leadership platform through practical skills development and ongoing self-reflection. This learning process is key to becoming an effective leader. Effective leaders recognize that establishing a firm leadership platform begins with developing core leadership competencies, like reflective listening, emotional intelligence, and collaboration with others.
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