Struggling to build your executive presence as an in-house counsel? Sterling Miller has published another excellent piece that will come in handy for in-house counsel young and old. Having executive presence is key to owning your legal career and is especially important if your goal is to become a General Counsel given the plethora of General Counsel jobs that are available in this hot legal market.
“When it comes to “executive presence,” I now have the benefit of being older with more than a few gray hairs. As a result, a lot of people (my wife, daughters, and assorted dogs and cats excluded) tend to pay attention to what I say and even seek out my advice. But, it wasn’t always this way. I was a young, clueless in-house lawyer once. I was also self-aware enough to know it. And I knew that at some point in every in-house lawyer’s career, to move up the chain (or show your value), you need to find a way to project executive presence without the help of Father Time….The good news is that it is a skill (or, rather, a set of skills) that can be learned and honed over time. This edition of “Ten Things” provides you with a road map to develop the key skills necessary to build your executive presence:”