A guide to leadership for in-house counsel—Part 1: Different approaches to leadership
A guide to leadership for in-house counsel—Part 1: Different approaches to leadership

The following In-House Advisor guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • A guide to leadership for in-house counsel—Part 1: Different approaches to leadership
  • This guide
  • Leadership in the hot seat
  • Different ways to consider leadership

This guide

This guide has been written to address the practicalities of leadership. If you find yourself in a leadership role for the first time, this guide contains some helpful ideas that will get you started. If you are an experienced leader, you will benefit from some fresh perspectives. The ideas in this guide reflect a pragmatic view of leadership and the development of leaders, focusing on the real problems and opportunities that they face.

Leadership in the hot seat

Most experienced leaders will say their role is difficult and complex and look cynically at those books providing the five, seven or ten things that make great leaders. After all, if successful they would have produced a lot of great leaders, but they haven’t. This guide aims to help you consider your own unique leadership context in which you work and the kind of leadership that you might be called on to deliver. In-house counsel are faced with particular leadership challenges. They must move away from tried and trusted 'business as usual' methods in the face of a changing landscape: they need to be clear on their contribution in a changing world and to be able to communicate this sense of direction; they need to work at building loyalty and commitment in others, deliver the goods in terms