Submitted by epalmer
There’s a conventional view of lawyers from those who are non-lawyers, and it is often less than flattering. However, lawyers know these easy assaults aren’t based on facts. Lawyers exude some of the personality traits – quick wit, analytical minds, passionate dispositions, empathy for others – that make a great leader. In fact, many of our presidents, from John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama, were all lawyers before becoming presidents.
Set aside the clichés and attorneys suddenly emerge as the sort of people you would want running complex operations and leading others. This can prove especially true in the world of non-profits, where passion plays such a huge role in success.
Personality Traits of Great Non-Profit Leaders
The blog Greenlight for Non-Profit Success recently released a list of traits that make for successful non-profit leaders, and most can be associated with attorneys. For example:
Attorneys are essentially thrust into leadership roles, especially those who head up teams of investigators and other attorneys on bigger cases. A clear vision of success, and a roadmap to get there, are essential aspects of any lawyer’s skills.