On Monday morning, General Stanley McChrystal appeared on NBC’s the Today Show to promote his new book, My Share of the Task, and in speaking with Matt Lauer, dropped a gem that should be the ONE resolution that all lawyers and judges make and keep:
The best leaders are genuine, and they walk a fine line between self-confidence and humility.
When asked if he turned out to be the kind of leader that he admired, the General responded:
I think you work on that every day. I think there are days when I did very well and days when I didn’t. But the key is on the days when you didn’t, don’t let that become the new standard. You have to push yourself back up to where you know you ought to be, every single time.
While General McChrystal’s words speak to “leaders,” they are equally applicable to you, the lawyers and judges who are in positions of trust and authority. LPR calls on you to be genuine, and to walk the fine line between self-confidence and humility in your dealings with legal consumers. And on days when you are not the kind of lawyer or judge legal consumers can admire, don’t let that become your new standard . . . push yourself back up.
If all lawyers and judges make this ONE resolution, we will be another step closer to effecting legal reform.