“Resilience” is typically understood as the ability to survive difficulties by maintaining coping strategies when faced with adversity. But what if we reframe how we see resilience as in-house counsel? What if resilience is more than coping to survive, and is instead seen as a skill that you intentionally develop in order to thrive within your role?
In today’s legal field, the in-house attorneys most valued are those that do more than simply survive stress; they learn to pivot effectively in order to sustain and thrive in their practice. The role of in-house counsel often involves employing skills that some may consider inherent for most lawyers like strong analytical and literacy ability. However, execution of our roles can benefit from leveraging some less obvious competencies like adaptability and flexibility— behavioral traits that can be learned and utilized to advance one’s practice. Given that in-house attorneys regularly interact with a wide range of audiences, being called on to effectively communicate while shifting between business objectives and legal complexities, the ability to be agile while maintaining a level of confidence, professionalism and innovative thinking distinguishes successful in-house attorneys. Therefore, for the in-house lawyer who wants to expand his, her or their skill set, a capability useful to develop is an expanded idea of “resilience.”