A guide to leadership for in-house counsel—Part 4: Learning to be a leader
A guide to leadership for in-house counsel—Part 4: Learning to be a leader

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 4: Learning to be a leader
  • Learning to be a leader

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. Produced in partnership with Cranfield School of Management.

Learning to be a leader

Key questions:

  1. what are the leadership skills and qualities I bring to the business?

  2. how able am I to read business priorities and contribute effectively to the business?

  3. do I understand and act on these business needs?

  4. what are my personal values and do they gel or clash with business needs?

The answers to these questions will help you to think about what you need to develop. From what you have read in this guide, where do you feel you need most development? Which areas are your strongest? The Management Standards Centre, the UK leadership and standards body, lists the following leadership competencies, which may help you to clarify your thinking about your own strengths and areas for development:

  1. managing self and personal skills

  2. providing direction

  3. facilitating change

  4. working with people

  5. using resources

  6. achieving results

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