The new year may have started over a month ago, but we here at Tipping the Scales are still in the mood for some reflection. After all, we’ve come a long way since June 13 – and have managed to miss a few anniversaries in that time. At this point, we’ve interviewed over thirty of the best and brightest minds in the legal profession, with many more to come. It’s been a privilege to hear firsthand the stories behind their accomplishments and how they’ve risen to become leaders in the field.
Of course, with that many different perspectives, we’ve learned a range of very valuable information that covers topics from how to lead tough groups to general practice tips. We’ve noticed that while these leaders come from distinct backgrounds and each brings something new to the table, there are common themes that keep coming up across the board. Tipping the Scales can connect the dots: these threads that tie many of the profiles together may represent some of the most crucial aspects of leadership and characteristics of a great leader.
So for newer readers just joining us, or for those who may have missed some posts along the way, here’s a retrospective of some of the best leadership tips we have heard while we have Tipped the Scales:
- A leader is not an island – empowering other members of a team to add their voices to the conversation and making sure everyone is heard and respected is an integral part of being a leader.
- A leader should not be afraid to delegate…no one person has to shoulder the entire load! The Boston legal community and BBA are full of extremely talented lawyers, so collaboration and playing to the strengths of others will achieve better results.
- There may be “natural” leaders, but with hard work and a clear focus, every person has the potential to reach that level.
- Clear communication from the top down and conviction, all while keeping an open mind, can make all the difference when working with others, especially in sensitive situations.
- In the digital age, attorneys need to remember that the best way to engage with people is face-to-face.
- One key to attaining leadership positions may be as simple as letting others in charge know that you are ready to take on that responsibility, and making it clear that you are engaged in the work at hand.
- Finding a mentor early on, and later paying it forward by acting as a mentor to someone else, can offer a dynamic boost and provide support in the face of discouragement.
- Participating in public service, whether it’s being the board member of a community organization or doing pro bono work, is an excellent way to take on even more leadership responsibility. The people you meet through this can help diversify your network, and the more people who recognize you as a leader outside the profession, the more credible you become.
- Above all, love what you do; otherwise, there’s no point in doing it.
We have learned this – and so much more – over the last half a year; here’s to many more entertaining anecdotes, pieces of wisdom, and best ways for you to tip the scales in the future.