“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” [Douglas MacArthur]

I’m often asked if the sons and daughters of family and friends should pursue a career in law these days. It’s not an easy answer. In part, it depends on what we, the current incumbents and custodians of this sector, do with the opportunity for change that is before us. What we are open to – what we can dream – what we help create – this will be the future they will experience.

On High Performance Counsel we highlight the individuals, organizations, strategies & solutions driving the next decade of leadership & advancement in law & legal services. It’s a great place to share thoughts, learn from others – and help yourself navigate the future of law with confidence. We created High Performance Counsel to be a sounding board for change and a leader-board for identifying those who are taking the industry to new heights.

Some see no change; others see only tech. I see people and the products they conceive and embrace – great people embracing a great deal of change and a world of new technology – but nevertheless emerging even better. I see a new era of great leadership and an awareness of what is possible and what can be done. If we proceed with focus yet also with compassion, always acting with integrity, this may yet prove to be the greatest era in legal services delivery to date.

It demands focused yet open leadership – not the kind that knows all the answers and asks none for their opinion. Personally, I don’t begin to know all the answers though I know one or two of the questions and I might be bold enough to suggest an answer or two!

I welcome your thoughts on the journey ahead, which is surely as much about leadership as it is about technology, regulation or anything else. Most of all, I encourage you to participate. Don’t sit on the sidelines of what may be the most exciting generational change in law.