Leadership mindsets: how to adapt, add greater value and remain relevant as an in-house lawyer

Leadership mindsets: how to adapt, add greater value and remain relevant as an in-house lawyer

In 2012, LexisNexis and Cranfield School of Management set out to find out how in-house lawyers add value to their organisations. The findings appeared in our joint White Paper, ‘When being a good lawyer is not enough’Fast forward to 2017 and there have been seismic shifts in the legal world. More research was needed to discover how in-house lawyers could best adapt, add greater value and remain relevant and competitive.

In our latest research, ‘From Rhetoric to reality: how in-house lawyers increase their strategic impact and add value’, produced with Dr Paul Hughes at Cranfield School of Management, we asked a series of new questions:

  • How do ‘leadership mindsets’ relate to the differing approaches taken by in-house lawyers?
  • How do in-house lawyers use their discretion when adding value?
  • To what extent do organisations influence how lawyers add value?

The answers provide valuable fresh insights into understanding different approaches to adding value. They make a clear link between the ‘leadership mindsets’ of lawyers and their capacity to influence and add value to

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About the author:
Sophie Gould is the Head of Lexis®PSL In-house. Sophie worked as an in-house lawyer for 10 years including seven years as Head of Legal for Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group. She has also run a legal risk and compliance training business.


Since joining LexisNexis in 2009 Sophie has worked on developing our legal and business content for the in-house legal community.  She also runs various networking and mentoring groups for in-house lawyers and works with schools to promote social mobility within the legal profession.