Ethical Leadership in Professional Life
Neil W. Hamilton
University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)
University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 2009
University of St. Thomas School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-39
Alan Greenspan recently commented we are in the midst of a once-in-a-century credit tsunami where a lack of prudence and integrity has spawned the crisis. Leadership in both the public and private sectors failed. This essay looks at the dominant role lawyers play both in formal leadership roles in the public and private sectors and in the counseling role to ultimate decision makers in both sectors. The essay argues that legal education substantially fails to prepare law students for these roles by helping them to develop ethical leadership skills. The essay analyzes which leadership theories are most helpful for the leadership roles that lawyers assume, and concludes that servant leadership may be the most effective leadership model for many of these lawyer leadership roles.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 39
Keywords: legal profession, lawyers, ethical leadership, legal education, professional responsibilityAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 15, 2008 ; Last revised: January 12, 2010
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