Firms Boost Efforts To Turn Lawyers Into Leaders

Law360, New York (April 1, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT) -- Leadership, once seen as a soft skill to be cultivated over time, has become a crucial part of a legal skill set that can — and should — be taught early in a lawyer's career, professional development experts say.

The top firms are using innovative leadership development initiatives, from role-playing to committee participation, to breed those skills among their associates.

While approaches and techniques vary, professional development officers agree on one thing: There is no substitute for hands-on experience.

“You can't teach leadership by looking at...
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