Accelerated Leadership Program
The Accelerated Leadership Program (ALP) is an intensive, four-day interactive program designed to advance early-stage to mid-stage partners and leaders of smaller legal organizations to the next level of leadership across four dimensions: client leadership, practice leadership, people and team leadership and personal leadership. Participants emerge with the perspectives, concepts and tools they need to succeed as effective leaders in their firms.
Harvard Law School’s Accelerated Leadership Program is an intensive, four-day program designed to advance the development of partners across four key dimensions of leadership:
- Client leadership – How to deepen and broaden client relationships and communicate more effectively with clients about value, pricing and collaboration;
- Practice leadership – How to analyze and develop business unit strategy, build and drive internal collaboration, and develop a keen awareness of the critical levers for building a thriving practice;
- People & Team leadership – How to develop, motivate and manage people and teams more effectively, and understand and apply research-based recommendations for achieving organizational and team buy-in; and
- Personal leadership – How to have more impact as a leader by building self-awareness and a deeper understanding of how to work across differences more effectively.
Participants will develop a thorough and holistic understanding of the challenges facing, and the skills and perspectives required of, law firm leaders.
The Learning Model
Case studies, lectures, classroom discussions, hands-on exercises, and small group discussions focused on law firms and other professional service firms will afford participants the opportunity to discuss the determinants of sustained firm success and effective leadership in such organizations.
The sessions will help participants work through possible approaches to the issues that confront partners with leadership responsibilities in law firms. Participants will reflect on, and discuss effective leadership in the face of real life challenges in professional service settings.
The program offers participants perspective, concepts, tools, and skills to help them be successful as emerging leaders in their law firms.
Participants in the program will develop a practical understanding of critical business and leadership frameworks and how they can be applied effectively in a challenging market.
Who should attend
The Accelerated Leadership Program is tailored for partners who typically have been in their role for 3-7 years and who are seeking to advance more successfully to the next level of leadership, including client, practice, team or personal leadership or, preferably, all of the above. Participants in previous cohorts of the programs have included practice leaders, office managing partners, team managers, heads and co-heads of practice groups, partners-in-charge, and firm-wide committee members. Class size is small and we encourage diversity of participants—from different geographies and from different types of law firms.