Sometimes I will use this space to talk about leading my kids (and them leading me). I am a part time single mom to a 10-year-old and an 8-year-old and I learn A LOT about leadership from these two tiny, confidant, empathetic, strong and strongly opinionated leaders.
My kids go to a “leader in me” public school, where they are taught to be leaders from day 1. Imagine my surprise when my daughter, during her “student-led parent-teacher conference,” put up a slide deck and showed me all the ways she was leading. I looked at her teacher and said, “thank you for showing my kindergartener to lead. Oh and by the way, this is exactly what I’m teaching lawyers, so you’re way ahead of me.”
I went home and immediately read the book that inspired the “leader in me” school, Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. Six years have gone by and I’m still in that rabbit hole, learning everything I can about what makes great leaders. Turns out there are over million things written about leadership, going back thousands of years, and yet, in law firms, we’re still working our way onto that bandwagon.