Reprinted from Amy Drushal, “Transforming Your Litigation Skills into Leadership Skills,” Law Practice Today: The Leadership Issue, December 2015. © 2015 American Bar Association.
How does one develop leadership skills? If you are a litigator, you need only look at the skills you use every day in your law practice. The world of litigation is not a place for the timid. Cases last for years, petty fights ensue, professionalism fades. By the end of a case, it truly feels as if a war has ended. And those are the good cases. The skills used to be a good litigator are also the skills needed to be a great leader. The trenches of litigation is where you can truly develop these skills.
What are the skills needed to be a good litigator?