Lawyers as Leaders

Hardcover | September 16, 2013

byDeborah L. Rhode

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No occupation in America supplies a greater proportion of leaders than law. They obviously lead law firms, but they also sit at the helm of a vast and diverse array of businesses across America, including 10 percent of S and P 500 firms. And of course, a strikingly large percentage of ourpolitical leaders are attorneys, including half the members of Congress. This raises two obvious questions: why do we look to lawyers to lead, and why do so many of them prove to be so untrustworthy and unprepared? In Lawyers as Leaders, eminent law professor Deborah Rhode not only answers these questions but crafts an essential manual for attorneys who need to develop better leadership skills. She contends that the legal profession attracts a large number of individuals with the ambition and analyticcapabilities to be leaders, but often fails to develop other qualities that are essential to their effectiveness. The focus of legal education and the reward structure of legal practice undervalue the interpersonal skills and ethical commitments necessary for successful leadership. Although somelawyers are sufficiently gifted to need little reinforcement, Rhode shows that the vast majority of law school graduates need to develop the leadership characteristics that she profiles. They know it too. According to one survey, almost 90 percent of attorneys stated that their law schools did notteach them leadership skills.Given the importance of the topic, it is surprising how little the profession has done to develop leadership skills. The first serious treatment of the subject, Lawyers as Leaders will be essential to law school instructors who teach leadership courses (a growing field) and any attorney who findshim or herself in a management position.

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No occupation in America supplies a greater proportion of leaders than law. They obviously lead law firms, but they also sit at the helm of a vast and diverse array of businesses across America, including 10 percent of S and P 500 firms. And of course, a strikingly large percentage of ourpolitical leaders are attorneys, including half ...

Deborah L. Rhode is the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, the director of the Center on the Legal Profession, and the director of the Program in Law and Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University. She is the founding president of the International Association of Legal Ethics, the former president of the Association of American...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 16, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199896224

ISBN - 13:9780199896226

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Table of Contents

1. Lawyers as Leaders2. The Nature of Leadership3. Developing Leadership4. Leadership Capabilities5. Ethics in Leadership6. Leadership Scandals7. Diversity8. Law Firms9. Social Change10. Leader's Legacy