Leaving law to be a better lawyer? Part 2

Leaving law to be a better lawyer? Part 2

“How do you lead a group of people who have vastly more experience than you in what they are doing?  And by more, I mean any…”

Losing inherent advantages

What does it mean for you as a leader when your new role lacks a mot juste description, and with it the innate credibility, that previously saying “I’m a lawyer” did?

Likewise, for the people that you manage (given the traditional hierarchical approach that the law tends to take), when you can no longer at least leverage the grey hairs and dark circles under your eyes which are a testament to your more experienced years?

Leadership. This is the first critical test faced by James Harper, ex-GC and Board Member of a FTSE100 organisation during his secondment managing a team within the Go-to-Market function.

The fear of the fall

In this, the next post in a series sharing the experiences he faces in his new role, James explores the steps he is taking to make an impact and transform himself into a leader that can survive in the foreign land he finds himself.

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Louisa leads marketing for the in-house legal community at LexisNexis. She joined the dedicated in-house team at LexisNexis four years ago and has a passion for driving and facilitating initiatives which are customer-focused at their heart. Her vision is to support in-house counsel succeed in their fast-evolving role based on deep insight, data analysis and best practice gathered across the in-house community.

Prior to her in-house focused role, Louisa led the marketing for the bar and mid-market private practice sectors as well as product marketing lead for LexisPSL - LexisNexis' cloud based, practical guidance and legal research software solution.

She brings 20 years' marketing experience both client and agency side, specialising in B2B marketing in the Legal, TMT (Telco, Media and Technology) and Financial Services industries. In both South Africa, Europe and the UK.

Louisa is also an active member on the LexisNexis Gender Equality Matters (GEM) steering committee and is involved with the Families at LexisNexis Group which brings together, supports and lobbies for change those with an interest in balancing the challenges of work and family.