A discussion point on the Legal Watercooler is leadership. We have seen good leadership enhance a firm’s reputation, client base, and profits. Over the past several years, we have seen bad leadership, lead in part by greed or ignorance of business principles, result in the dissolution of several hundred-year old law firms across the country.

Leadership runs through our lives on a daily basis.

Leadership affects us personally: Who is leading my family? Who is leading my church, school, Girl Scout troop?

Leadership affects us professionally: Who is leading my department or team? Who is leading my firm?

Leadership affects our community: Who is leading our country? Who is leading our state, our city?

How do you lead? How do you follow? Do you think about your leadership skills and how they can affect your life: personally, professionally and in your community?

Ken Blanchard, a guru of gurus, has started a new website & blog on leadership that I suggest we all check out:

HowWeLead.org is a public service site devoted to leadership topics that connect us all. This site is non-partisan, and secular, and does not solicit or accept donations.

We believe that leadership can make all the difference, in organizations, in business, and in government. Leadership affects how people interact with each other, and provides the energy and direction for all positive change. Join Blanchard-hosted conversations on leadership.

Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves. Stephen Covey, the 8th habit

One of the hardest tasks of leadership is understanding that you are not what you are, but what you’re perceived to be by others. Edward L. Flom, CEO of the Florida Steel Corporation