Though becoming a successful lawyer does involve a lot of drive and determination, it is also an extremely rewarding career path once you realize the positive impact you can make on other peoples’ lives. While there are many different aspects that make up successful lawyers, leadership is one of the most important qualities. Leadership is important because it helps you win the respect of your clients, better advocate for your clients and recruit the best employees for your firm. Here are a few tips on how to lead as a successful lawyer.

Listen First

Great leaders are not always the loudest people in the room. This is not because they have nothing to say, but because they know the power of listening first and speaking second. When you are truly hearing what someone else is saying, you are able to understand what their core goals are and how to steer them in the right direction. Next time you feel tempted to be heard, seek first to hear others to get a better understanding of how to move forward in a way that makes everyone happy.

Set Goals

Setting powerful goals will help encourage you to rise to the occasion to try to meet them. When you make this a daily habit, it has a heightened effect on your core personality, which will help mold you to make you a better leader. You will be more excited, passionate, and proactive about getting things done. Once the people around you notice, they will likely follow suit.

Treat Others The Way You Want To Be Treated

Because law can be centered around intimate, personal topics, it’s important to always treat your clients, colleagues, and competition the way you would want to be treated. This also ties directly into networking when it comes to your competition. Remember to always treat people with respect, you never know what opportunity could arise in the future because of it.

Have Humility

Great leadership is about having humility, not a big ego. Remember to have a professional exterior and be a genuine person that your clients and co-workers can relate to. People who truly have confidence are willing to admit when they are wrong because they recognize resolving matters is more important than being correct about them.

Make People Laugh

While you must maintain focus and professionalism, don’t forget to have a sense of humor. When you make people laugh, it helps them relax and relate to you more, which then builds up trust. This way, they are more likely to accept your leadership position and hear you out.

When you become a better leader, your legal career will reap the rewards. From inspiring your coworkers to persuading clients to take your advice, to finding new solutions to cases, it has many benefits. Think of ways to start making these leadership qualities habitual, and find success in your career.