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Law Firm Leadership: Maxwell’s 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

I typed “leadership books” into the search engine on Amazon’s website.  What would you guess?  1,000?  20,000?  50,000 different books on leadership?   The number exceeded 170,000!  I didn’t bother to look at them all . . . and you probably won’t either.  But if you’re a current or aspiring law firm leader, I would certainly recommend John C. Maxwell’s The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.  If you’re like me, and you’re wondering what the 21 qualities are because you can’t wait for the UPS truck to arrive in two days, I’ve listed all 21 below.

  1. Character – Be a Piece of the Rock
  2. Charisma – The First Impression Can Seal the Deal
  3. Commitment – It Separates Doers from Dreamers
  4. Communication – Without It You Travel Alone
  5. Competence – If You Build It, They Will Come
  6. Courage – One Person with Courage is a Majority
  7. Discernment – Put an End to Unsolved Mysteries
  8. Focus – The Sharper It Is, the Sharper You Are
  9. Generosity – Your Candle Loses Nothing When It Lights Another
  10. Initiative – You Won’t Leave Home Without It
  11. Listening – To Connect with Their Hearts, Using Your Ears
  12. Passion – Take This Life and Love It
  13. Positive attitude – If You Believe You Can, You Can
  14. Problem-solving – You Can’t Let Your Problems Be a Problem
  15. Relationships – If You Get Along, They’ll Go Along
  16. Responsibility – If You Won’t Carry the Ball, You Can’t Lead the Team
  17. Security – Competence Never Compensates for Insecurity
  18. Self-discipline – The Person You Lead Is You
  19. Servanthood – To Get Ahead, Put Others First
  20. Teachability – To Keep Leading, Keep Learning
  21. Vision – You Can Seize Only What You Can See

Perhaps a good leadership aspirational checklist for all of us.

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