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Leadership for Lawyers Paperback – January 28, 2008
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In addition to establishing the necessity for leadership training, Rubinstein offers an exceptional chapter for female attorneys. He explains the hardships that women face as underrepresented attorneys and how different leadership techniques can assist them. The book covers ways in which women can better their personal careers as attorneys through leadership training. Additionally, there are ways in which male attorneys should be educated to recognize the potential and benefits that females bring to law firms. Females are still the minority in most states and law firms. As a result, Rubinstein's advice should be well received by female readers.
As a reader, I found that the book had a repetitive nature. Rubinstein consistently repeated the need for leadership training and education in law schools. It seemed as though nearly every chapter mentioned a quote or referenced a need for leadership training in law schools. Overall, that is Rubinstein's overarching theme, but it did not need to be repeated as frequently.
If you are looking for an introduction to leadership styles, techniques and practices for lawyers, this is a great book. Not only does Rubinstein explain why leadership is vital for lawyers, he examines ninety different leadership techniques that were broken down into sixteen categories.
The author also listed questions to ask, assessment test and things to look for within a person to determine their leadership capabilities. He also gave his opinion of why the legal field is declining and why so many people who have law degrees are not practicing law. Although, the information was very helpful, it seemed as if leadership training was his main source to fix all the problems. He listed the first law schools to offer such training and which schools/companies are now following in their footsteps. Since this is a fairly new concept there are no extensive studies or anything of that nature to ensure that leadership training is an effective tool for lawyers. I feel that leadership among many other factors would contribute to positive changes within this field. It is ludicrous to expect one thing to solve years of problems. This book is a great stepping stone towards identifying and creating a process to solving some problems, however, it may be more effective if he introduced other problems within the field.
Despite my attitude towards his method of solving problems I feel that this is a great book to read to learn how to become a good leader not only in the law field but in life. He reviews ethical situation, gives detailed information what a good leader is and how to become one.