December 16, 2010
Women in Law Week: Lead Like a Lawyer
Powerful women leaders share traits like the ability to motivate others, a passion for what they do and the dedication to see the job get done. But for women in law and other high-profile fields, sometimes you have to blaze your own trail.
Though firms with more women partners bring in more dollars, few women are being promoted. The reason?
Like in so many other professions, sometimes working hard and doing a good job for clients isn't enough to get promoted to partner.
Marshawn Evans, attorney, author and founder of ME Unlimited consulting firm, agrees. “With clients tightening their budgets for legal fees, women are starting to realize that the magic formula for making the partnership isn’t working anymore.”
To change that, Women in Law advises women to communicate, use positive collaboration, maintain a global perspective and make sure the boss knows exactly what you want. They also encourage authenticity, mentoring, leadership training and evolving the traditional law firm atmosphere.
Bonus PINK Link: Find out Evans' take on the importance of rebranding yourself.
By Shaniqua Christian
"Every case has a risk of loss. However, to get something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done." Marshawn Evans