In-House Legal Tip: Lead or Languish

2 min • 28 Aug 23


The keys to effective legal team leadership are undergoing rapid change in an industry that is being dragged from the ice age. 

Gone are the days when what happened beyond the doors of the legal dept. were solely matters for General Counsels and their network of chums and personal preferences. 

Running a legal function is now subject to the same kind of planning and performance expectations as any other business competency. It is data driven, outcome focused and increasingly accountable. And, if this currently doesn’t apply to you – then it soon will.

Strong legal function leadership does not occur by accident. It takes active planning, intentional execution and a continuous ability to adapt and innovate. 

For GLS, “legal team leadership” is one of the 15 critical in-house legal “functions” that will determine the overall performance outcomes of a legal dept. and has implications for every other critical IHL function. 

In our online interactive legal team transformation tool – we have identified the 22 “core resource enablers” that ultimately determine the contribution that legal team leadership can make to overall function performance: 


To keep ahead and thrive, in-house leaders need to have a plan to optimize each and every aspect of what it takes to deliver optimised in-house legal team leadership into your legal function – it cannot be left to chance.

We encourage all in-house leaders to utilize our in-house transformation tool and to consider how their (i) leadership planning, and (ii) operational environment, stacks for the delivery of optimal leadership performance. 

You can see all 22 critical resource enablers of effective “in-house legal team leadership” in our tool, along with the 14 other critical in-house legal team functions that will determine the overall functional performance of your legal dept.

You can check out this tool at: GLS Transformation Tube Map  

If you want more in-house legal team performance and leadership insights – please do join the GLS Legal Operations Community


Please check out the GLS solutions and know-how resources listed on the right side of this page – they might assist your legal team with the issues explored in this Blog. 

Of course, if you would like discuss your transformation needs – please book a 30 minute FREE CONSULT WITH GLS 

In the interim, here are 7 resources and tools that may assist you as you transform the performance capabilities of your legal team:

1. GLS's Ultimate Guide to Legal Operations: download this HERE, and read it thoroughly and regularly. It is a wonderful transformation companion

2. GLS Transformation Boot Camp: for our free and hugely successful, 10 week long, email-based boot camp on how to effectively transform your legal team you can SIGN UP HERE

3. GLS Knowledge Centre: click HERE to access lots of informative and instructive white papers, blogs and training resources etc. - all focused on helping to improve your legal team's performance

4. GLS Legal Operations Community: join the GLS Legal Operations Community and collaborate with other in-house leaders as they seek to tackle many of the same performance issues that you face, click here to JOIN NOW

5. Visit GLS Connect: visit the GLS CONNECT PAGE and select the information you would like to receive from the GLS Legal Operations Community

6. GLS Legal Team Transformation Plans: mitigate the risks of transformation failure by taking a GLS TRANSFORMATION SUPPORT PLAN 

7. Register: GLS Legal Operations Centre: REGISTER HERE to access the GLS Legal Operations Centre for free and to receive more than US$20,000 worth of legal team performance resources

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