A new programme for forward thinking GCs. We are exploring practical ideas and help with delivering the future of law in person, virtually and via related content.
The ‘strong man’ leader is no longer fit for purpose; today’s legal leaders and beyond have to be prepared to show vulnerability, find an authentic style of leading that resonates with others. We need diverse ideas and perspectives to do this.
On Tuesday 7 July we held a #BraveNewLaw, Leading in Extremity webinar. The key ideas and themes that came out of this webinar? Overwhelmingly, the importance of emotional intelligence and empathy for leaders.
Empathy is fundamental during COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter. The culminative effects of stress on individuals is a concern; leaders must be more deliberate in understanding their teams and role modelling behaviours. The changing nature of modern work means empathy is not a 9-5 skill; leaders have to be attuned to the whole context of employees’ situations.
Our audience and panellists felt there’s often too much focus on the leader in much leadership theory and training and not enough on the team and those who follow. Leadership skills should also be a consideration much earlier on in the legal profession. But leading is always a work in progress.
Honest and practical insights from our panel Rob Booth, Ingrid Cope, Kenny Robertson and Sir Nigel Knowles.
In this latest video for our Brave New Law series for GCs, Catherine McGregor speaks with Paul Boyle, Group Deputy General Counsel at Serco and Hilary Ross, Executive Partner of DWF’s London office.