Law Firm Leadership with Kristi Royse

In this episode, Alay and Kristi discuss: 

  • Definition of  leadership and how it appears in a law firm. 
  • Six key areas of leadership. 
  • Resetting the idea of effective leadership. 
  • Improving retention through professional development. 


Key Takeaways:  

  • “Leadership is not accidentally bestowed or inherited. Leadership is a deliberate, thoughtful process that is about lifting the people around you.” – Mark Harry
  • Modern law firms require leaders that can facilitate open communication and foster collaboration. 
  • People leave law firms due to their relationship with their direct manager more than workload, money, or anything else. 
  • Creating a positive work environment and work culture should be your number one priority – and those changes begin with you, as the leader. 

Tweetable Moments:

  • “Leadership is influence.” —  Kristi Royse
  • “Change is hard, and in leadership, it is so personal.” —  Alay Yajnik
  • “Improving the firm’s culture starts with you. Take a moment to just reflect on how you show up with your firm.” —  Alay Yajnik



About Kristi Royse:

A nationally-recognized executive coach, speaker, and facilitator, Kristi Royse has been inspiring people to succeed for over 25 years. Using her unique blend of inspiration, motivation, real-world strategies, and actionable steps, Kristi’s clients consistently achieve measurable results. Although she works across industries, Kristi has a special affinity for lawyers and law firms. Legal industry clients include Hopkins & Carley, Clean Energy Counsel, Alto Litigation, Nicols Law, DeLacey, Riebel & Shindell LLC, Fortem IP, Lakin Spears, Fox Rothschild LLP, Gadzo Law PC, Laughlin Law, Hoge Fenton, Rodnunsky & Associates, and the California Bar Association.


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