Effective lawyer/leaders aren’t born. You intentionally grow yourself. That’s what I’ve discovered over twenty years of mentoring new leaders.

You know you want a different kind of law practice, and you’re willing to invest time, energy and money to get it.

But what you might not know is how to make that transition from small law firm owner to someone who has a vision and mission for your law firm. So, I thought you might be interested in what I see as the common trait, skills and mindsets these successful lawyers share.

What Lawyer Leaders Know?

What makes for an effective lawyer/leader? Self-awareness is the number #1 skill. It’s super easy to self-sabotage or act out an unconscious need when you haven’t taken time to explore the ‘sovereign nation of you’. You have rules, rituals, beliefs & culture.

What does an effective lawyer/leader know that helps her firm grow faster? You’re role is the gardener. Relationships, like gardens, need tending to be healthy and strong

What gets a lawyer/leader through the tough times? Healthy working relationships. Connect with your #paralegal as a person first and build trust. Connection is the glue that holds your law firm together when the wheels threaten to come off.

What helps a #lawyer/leader to bring out the best in her paralegal? Social awareness. Leaders need the ability to read a room or a person so they can get the best results. Be observant. Notice what your talent feels most confident doing and delegate those tasks. Be #EQStrong

We dig into these concepts more deeply at my group training. If you’d like to learn more about how you can onboard your paralegals in an effective and fun way, let’s talk about it.


Dina Lynch Eisenberg, JD, is the CEO of OutsourceEasier.com, an outsourcing training/consulting firm for successful lawyers and entrepreneurs based in Oakland, CA.

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