Q: What makes a real leader?
A: It being President’s Day, let me quote one of our presidents on what a leader is, based on what s/he does:
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – President John Quincy Adams
While some firms, practice groups, and working teams are led by lawyers with difficult personalities, I ask you to aspire to an inspiring form of leadership rather than its opposite. As President Dwight D. Eisenhower observed: “You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That’s assault, not leadership.”