What you'll learn

  • Identify and apply personal leadership strategies to better balance your complex responsibilities as a lawyer and leader within your organization and legal department.
  • Elevate your department within your organization and lead more effectively by building your team leadership skills.
  • Position yourself as a “trusted advisor” within your organization and understand the approaches to implementing key organizational changes as part of developing an organizational strategy.
  • Make better strategic decisions and manage crises.

Course description

General counsels of leading organizations encounter challenges unlike those faced by law firm or other external-client facing, professional service firm leaders. Through our highly interactive case-study method, contextualized specifically for lawyers in key in-house roles, we will develop your capabilities around building an effective legal department, creating a culture of innovation, interacting with boards, managing through crises, and understanding the disruptive forces that are changing the global market for legal services.

Course outline

  • Curriculum Topics
    • Balancing professional responsibilities
    • The power of alignment among corporate strategy, functional strategy, the organization of the corporate counsel office, and the professionals that constitute legal departments
    • Drivers of superior quality of service to internal clients
    • The motivation drivers of professionals
    • Incentive systems, including promotion and compensation
    • Leading change

Instructors

  • Faculty Chair, Leadership in Corporate Counsel; Vice Dean, Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession; Faculty Director, Center on the Legal Profession; Lester Kissel Professor of Law
  • Faculty Chair, Women’s Leadership Initiative; Professor of Law, Georgetown Law; Affiliated Faculty, McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University
  • Faculty Director, Harvard Law School Executive Education; Faculty Chair, Leadership in Law Firms; Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School
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