Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Courses On Leadership For Lawyers: Two Models For Teaching Leadership Responsibilities

George J. Siedel (Michigan), Courses on Leadership for Lawyers: Two Models for Teaching Leadership Responsibilities:

Law school courses and programs on leadership development have proliferated in recent years. Although concern has been expressed over whether leadership development teaching is “squishy,” and also about challenges in teaching soft skills to lawyers and law students, research indicates that these soft skills are important for effective leadership. This article addresses additional concerns. Should teaching soft skills be complemented by an introduction to leadership responsibilities? And what framework is appropriate for teaching these responsibilities?


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It is worth noting that in one of the few large studies of the buying habits of general counsels the consumers view the “squishy” skills as more differentiating than any other factors, including legal skills. Although legal skills are equally important, they are not used as a differentiating factor, presumably because the general counsels cannot easily assess competence or they consider lawyers whom they presume are competent, or both. Perhaps law schools should speak to the consumers, as any business would do, rather than presume that they know what is best for them.

Posted by: Tom Sharbaugh | Oct 8, 2020 3:59:49 AM