Succeed as a New General Counsel

Resources and tools to get a fast start in the general counsel role

5 Things the Best General Counsel Do Differently

At a time when organizations face unprecedented uncertainty, the role of the general counsel (GC) has never been more important to corporate success. A Gartner survey of top global GC reveals what the most effective general counsel are doing differently with their time, relationships, resources and teams.

Discover five shifts in behavior that equip the best general counsel to more effectively impact strategic decision making and influence the CEO and Board.

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    High demands make a fast start in a new role difficult: 46% of new executives tumble and underperform

    New general counsel struggle with demands

    New general counsel face an overwhelming number of tasks during their first few months. When making the leap to a new position, almost half (46%) of executives across all functions tumble and underperform. At a time when the legal department is challenged to meet the ever-changing demands of modern business, new GC need to find their feet fast and lead boldly.

    High demands make a fast start in a new role difficult: 46% of new executives tumble and underperform

    Meet demands and build a roadmap to success

    With a 90% projected increase in demand for legal services in the next two years, your challenge is to juggle those demands while establishing yourself in your new role. Gartner supports you along the entire journey — from assessing the current state of the function to drafting strategic plans, developing legal competencies and much more.

    There is an 90% projected increase in the demand for legal department services in the next two years. 30% of this new demand will not be satisfied given forecast capacity growth.

    How we address your top challenges

    Gartner’s research provides critical insights on the legal function and best practice tools and templates to help you make a fast start in your new general counsel role. Use our resources to assess the current state of the legal department, map out next steps and implement your plans with confidence. 

    Accelerate your transition as a new-to-role GC

    New general counsel face an overwhelming number of tasks during their first few months. The solution? Building a detailed plan. Use the insights, advice and other tools included in this 8-step guide to make an impact in your new role.

    Build and share your legal strategy

    Move quickly to assess your department, set priorities and secure buy-in. Use this one-page template to communicate a clear, concise and measurable legal strategy that clarifies your current state and future direction.

    Measure legal department performance

    Accelerate legal maturity and performance in the areas that matter most. Use Gartner Score to evaluate your department against 10 objectives and 63 functional activities to measure, prioritize and improve your department. 

    Benchmark legal staff, spend and structure

    Benchmark legal department staff, structure and budget against peer organizations. Use this comprehensive analysis to identify the sources of legal department cost, inefficiency and sustainable savings to align resources against the highest-value activities.

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