Karen Klein, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Relativity and Liam Brown discuss legal professionals as leaders, identifying several reasons we're seeing legal leaders advancing within a business. In this episode, Karen elaborates on leadership traits of lawyer leaders – several of which were clearly (and naturally) on display in this conversation.
Karen explains that to help make a best-informed business decision, a lawyer should provide a balanced view to management, influencing with their knowledge of the law and their business knowledge. She said that to maintain a healthy relationship, management, and the GC should have a level of trust, transparency, and freedom to give advice.
Click on the links below to explore what we have covered in this Episode of our Next – Normal Series.
[01:00] - Karen explains how her professional journey came full circle by joining Relativity.
[06:10] - Characteristics of leaders and managers in the words of Karen Klein.
[07:34] - To become a valuable advisor, a lawyer should learn the business.
[09:50] - The role of the lawyer leader in business and with the stakeholders.
[14:09] - Transparency is necessary to maintain a level of trust.
[15:05] - The role of legal in business decisions.
[18:23] - Strategies to deal with conflicting data.
[19:27] - Traits of winners (and losers) in the legal profession – Karen's 9/11 experience.
[21:32] - Karen’s recommendation for business leaders in the time of crisis.
[23:22] - “Leadership in tough times requires………..”