ACC Chair Jo Anne Schwendinger writes that in-house lawyers need to listen and learn, then build executive presence and trust. She highlights several ACC resources that can help new-to-in-house lawyers maximize their visibility.
It is essential for the legal function to be involved in the overall strategy and decision-making of the organizations we serve. And as we prove ourselves as strategic business leaders as well as legal advisors, we are being asked to lead areas beyond the legal department. As we step up and take on increased responsibilities, our “seat at the table” should be assured.