May 16, 2022
Leadership Publications and Writings
Listed items come from both within and outside the ABA.
- Practice What You Preach: What Managers Must Do to Create a High Achievement Culture
By David H. Maister
Digging deeper by conducting in-depth interviews with managers and employees of the firms he surveyed, Maister has found that the key to success is not the systems of the firm, but the character and skills of the individual manager. He explores in detail the central role of the manager (what he or she must be, must do, and must require of others). The reader will find specific action recommendations from the managers and employees of these "superstar" businesses on how to build an energized workplace, enforce standards of excellence, develop people, and have fun -- all as powerful profit improvement tactics.
- Leading by Example: The Importance of Role Modeling for Lawyer Mental Health
By Gavin Alexander
Gavin Alexander, a mid-level corporate associate at a massive international law firm, shares his story about how he tried to end his life in 2016 and how he overcame his mental health challenges. He emphasizes the importance of role modeling for lawyer mental health and how leaders talking honestly and openly about their mental health challenges will save lives.
- LPD Women Rainmakers Making It Rain Column: Bryna Dahlin
By Michele Powers
- The Underrepresentation of Women at the Highest Levels of the Legal Profession
By Sheryl L. Axelrod
Article discusses the underrepresentation of women at the highest levels of the legal profession. It provides statistics on the lack of gender diversity in courts, law firms, and corporations.
- Five Steps To Create A Growth Mindset Culture
By Susan Letterman White
Developing a culture of equity and inclusion depends on people telling their stories of facing and overcoming personal hardships with the support of sponsors, mentors, coaches, and affinity groups. Reward people who share these types of personal stories.
- To Increase Well-Being and DEIB, Let’s Evolve Beyond Alcohol Culture
By K. Brooke Welch
Highlights the recent efforts by the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to address this issue and promote well-being in the legal profession. The article also provides evidence-based examples of why some people choose not to drink and how alcohol-driven events can exclude those traditionally under-represented in the legal profession.
- The Amazing Power of Employee Resource Groups
By Patricia Davison Lewis and Tracey Simmons fisher
Discusses the growing popularity of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) in the workforce and how they can support, engage and empower historically marginalized groups. The authors also provide insights on how to start an ERG and the benefits of having one in a company.
- DEIB Separation Anxiety
By Lori Hymowitz
While law firms and other businesses emphasize recruitment and hiring, it is equally as important to focus and address DEIB issues and concerns regarding separation from employment.
- DEI Benchmarks: What You Need to Know Now
By Silvia Hodges Silverstein
Diversity continues to be a hot topic in our industry. More and more, corporate legal departments regularly select firms that embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
- The Power of Empathy
By Kendra Brodin
Putting yourself in another’s shoes can transform your outlook—and your firm.
- Lawyers as Managers: How to Be a Champion for Your Firm and Employees
By Andrew N. Elowitt and Marcia Watson Wasserman
Today more than ever, all members of a law firm must work together as a team for the benefit of clients. Coordinating and getting the most out of everyone's contributions is the responsibility of a firm's managers, whether they are lawyers or administrators.. Helping you accelerate your growth as a manager of lawyers and legal professionals, this is a comprehensive and practical guide that includes the checklists, charts, and resources attorneys and managers need to lead thriving and resilient firms.
- Women and Leadership
By Deborah L. Rhode
For most of recorded history, men have held nearly all the most powerful leadership positions. Today, although women occupy an increasing percentage of leadership positions, in America they hold less than a fifth of positions in both the public and private sectors. The United States ranks 78th in the world for women's representation in political office. In politics, although women constitute a majority of the electorate, they account for only 18 percent of Congress, 10 percent of governors, and 12 percent of mayors of the nation's 100 largest cities. In academia, women account for a majority of college graduates, but only about a quarter of full professors and university presidents. In law, women are almost half of law school graduates, but only 17 percent of the equity partners of major firms, and 22 percent of Fortune 500 general counsels. In business, women constitute a third of MBA graduates, but only 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs.
- The Lawyer as Leader
By Dr. Artika R. Tyner
The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice is an inspiring roadmap designed to help lawyers become effective agents for social change. Based on author Dr. Artika R. Tyner's leadership development and community engagement work, Planting People, Growing Justice™, the book shows how attorneys can use their legal skills to work for social change, contribute to communities that foster social justice, and empower and develop new leaders. The Lawyer as Leader is beacon call for lawyers who wish to harness their skills and training to become leaders in the struggle for social and economic justice.
- Learning to Lead: What Really Works for Women in Law
By Gindi Eckel Vincent and Mary Bailey Cranston
One of the Commission on Women's highest priorities throughout the years has been to provide women lawyers with the information and tools they need to advance into leadership positions in all areas within the law. Learning to Lead provides a concise road map of the latest collective wisdom on leadership and applies those principles to women lawyers. It also features interviews with 11 women legal leaders who share their lessons learned and tips for success.
- The Lawyers Guide to Professional Coaching
By Andrew Elowitt
Become more efficient and profitable in your law practice by employing a professional coach. The Lawyer's Guide to Professional Coaching will teach you to find, select, and work productively with the right coach for your needs--and transform your practice in the process. Learn how to get the most out of coaching, decide whether coaching is right for you and your firm, and use coaching skills when you collaborate with clients and colleagues
- First Among Equals: How to Manage a Group of Professionals
By Patrick J. McKenna and David H. Maister
In this strikingly unique "playbook," professional service experts Patrick J. McKenna and David H. Maister provide real-world examples, a wealth of self-evaluation materials, and concrete advice on stressful day-to-day management issues that every leader of professionals will welcome. The authors offer penetrating insights into the basics of coaching, dividing their attention equally between energizing and guiding the individual performer and the group.
- Managing the Professional Service Firm
By David H. Maister
Drawing on more than ten years of research and consulting to these unique and creative companies, David Maister explores issues ranging from marketing and business development to multinational strategies, human resources policies to profit improvement, strategic planning to effective leadership. While these issues can be complex, Maister simplifies them by recognizing that “every professional service firm in the world, regardless of size, specific profession, or country of operation, has the same mission statement: outstanding service to clients, satisfying careers for its people, and financial success for its owners.”