Leadership Development Program


Presenter: Sean Hannah, Ph.D., Wake Forest University

Thursday March 9, 2023

9:00 am – 9:15 am - Opening Remarks and Introductions

9:15 am – 10:30 am - Establishing Authentic Leadership

10:30 am – 10:45 am - Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm - Building Trust, Credibility, and Ability to Inspire

Friday, March 10, 2023

10:00 am – 12:00 pm  Building Firm Culture


Establishing Your Authentic Model of Leadership

Effective leaders create an explicit model for their personal leadership and use it to center and guide their actions as they lead. They create that model based on a deep understanding of their values, beliefs and ideals, their personal perspectives, and their strengths and weaknesses – it is authentic to who they are. A precursor to creating such a model is to achieve a deep understanding of what leadership is, how it differs from yet must be integrated with management, and a general understanding of the more transactional and transformational approaches to leadership. Ultimately, a leader’s model and approach to leadership should then be expressed in an explicit leadership philosophy statement that is shared with those they lead to create alignment. This session will illuminate leadership as a dynamic process – not a position - that must be integrated with management functions and help leaders understand what their personal authentic model of leadership is. Leaders will also learn how to create and share a personal Leadership Philosophy Statement.

Building Trust, Credibility, and Ability to Inspire

Credibility is the sine qua non of leadership and is the basis upon which trust is built. Unlike the right to manage, which is granted to individuals by higher level managers, the right to lead and be called a “leader” is earned from followers and others the leader hopes to influence. Without strong credibility and the formation of trust, leaders lack positive influence and are relegated to use only rewards and punishments to attempt to get others to comply with their wishes, which have limited effects. Maximum performance is instead gained when followers are intrinsically motivated to enact effort and perform. This session will focus on the three pillars of trust and will cover techniques and methods leaders can use to establish credibility and build trustworthiness to facilitate their ability to inspire and lead.

Building the Firm’s Culture

As Peter Drucker famously said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Yet despite its ubiquitous effects in organizations, many leaders do not understand what culture is as a phenomenon and its components and dimensions. Often even lesser understood are the mechanisms leaders can use to change culture in ways needed to achieve their vision of an aspired culture. This session will cover the definition and components of culture, provide an understanding of subcultures and dimensions of culture, and importantly, provide leaders with a set of tools to reinforce or change culture along with a rich understanding of their roles as carriers of the culture.

Seating is limited for this in-person event. To register for this event, contact Sherry McLamb at smclamb@smithlaw.com.

Four and one-half hours of CLE credit in the General category is pending upon program approval with the North Carolina State Bar.

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