Managerial and Leadership Programs
Managerial & Leadership Programs
Leading and Managing Professionals: A Workshop

If senior lawyers are to contribute as much as they can, they need the managerial skill to draw from other lawyers their best work – recognizing that those they manage have their own styles, value their autonomy, and don’t respond well to micro-management. As lawyers become more senior, they learn a lot about this skill by watching their own managers. For most, however, it isn’t easy to translate what they’ve learned into their own practice. This program helps lawyers to make that transition.

Building on what its participants already know, the program will provide practical guidance about how to delegate to, supervise, motivate, challenge and develop other professionals. Much of this guidance is based on interviews conducted in law firms to identify the specific behaviors and habits of truly effective leaders and managers. Throughout the workshop, the participants will test their approaches to managing others by discussing hypothetical situations.

The workshop typically takes place over 3 ½ hours, for a group of 20 to 25 lawyers. It can be adapted for different levels of seniority, and has been taught for audiences ranging from partners to mid-level associates.

Sample Agenda
9:00 a.m. Introduction to the program; our goals and agenda
9:10 a.m. Lessons from your own experience: what makes good managers and leaders stand out? (breakout discussions, followed by group debriefing)
9:30 a.m. Managerial styles: how they differ, and where your style falls on the spectrum
10:00 a.m. A framework for managing effectively (lecture/discussion)
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Applying the framework:  a vignette (breakout discussions, followed by group debriefing)
11:15 a.m. A framework for giving feedback effectively (lecture/discussion)
11:45 a.m. Applying the feedback framework:  a vignette (breakout discussions, followed by group debriefing)
12:15 p.m. A self-assessment: your strengths and weaknesses; the habits you will develop
12:30 p.m. Program concludes