Delegation skills are important both for the individual lawyer and the firm. Work has to be carried out at the right level to ensure cost effectiveness. Senior lawyers need to develop the competence of their team and the practice area. This training session helps lawyers to improve their delegation skills.
Our delegation skills training compliments training you can do inside your firm.
Your internal training is best placed for training your lawyers on what to delegate in detail. We can compliment that with the behavioural change training needed to delegate more. We’ll explain why lawyers don’t delegate as much as they need to and how to develop their delegation. Then we give lawyers the strategies and tips to improve their delegation skills.
"The trouble with delegating is I could do it quicker myself." Senior lawyer.
Why are delegation skills a challenge for many lawyers?
This is a common challenge for lawyers at all levels including Associates and Partners. Here are some of the common reasons:
"My challenge is that I need to delegate to someone who is much older than me." Junior lawyer.
Levels of Delegation Skills training from Senior Lawyers to Junior Lawyers
We have developed this delegation skills training session to work at different levels in the firm, from senior lawyers to junior lawyers. The difference with these levels is that senior lawyers know they should do it and have the confidence to be able to do it. Mid level lawyers tend to have the challenge of delivering billable hours whilst developing the team. Junior lawyers very often do not have the confidence. Our training is adapted to the level of lawyers we’re working with.
Delegation Skills for Senior Lawyers
Senior lawyers often don’t delegate as a conscious choice, even though they know they should. This could be for a number of reasons as indicated above, plus a belief that the junior person won’t do a good job, or simply a lack of knowledge on how to delegate successfully. Senior lawyers tend to need a workshop which understands their challenges and gives them tools to improve their delegation.
Delegation Skills for Junior Lawyers
For the junior lawyer the session needs to work on their confidence in their delegation skills and how to delegate successfully. As one participant put it, “I’m delegating to someone who is much much older than me.” or as another said, “I have to delegate to someone who has been at the firm longer than I have been alive!”
At the junior lawyer level we include role plays. We have these already written as drafts and then develop the role plays based on your typical situations. These include conversations with PAs, secretaries, business services and paralegals.
Objectives of the session
For the senior lawyer successful delegation skills are fundamental to a motivated team. For the junior lawyer delegation skills are essential to manage work efficiently. This workshop explores the individual lawyer’s automatic style of delegating. This automatic style is often driven by their personality, for this we use our personality model. This model is simple to understand and easy to apply. It reviews a variety of ideas for developing delegation skills in the context of a time pressured day.
The specific objectives for the session are:
This session can be delivered in any of the following formats:
Delegation skills based on personality
Delegation Skills Agenda
We will adapt this agenda to suit the needs of your firm and the participants. We can make it practice area specific and suited to the specific level of lawyers, whether they be partners, 3 to 4 years qualified, or junior lawyers.
Follow up support
Emails are sent to participants as a reminder of their action points. We find these are well received as even when lawyers like a session, they soon get distracted once back to their desks.
WhatsApp WorkCoach is our message coaching service. Based on monthly subscription, it gives you access to the trainer following your training. You can ask any question to help you improve your delegation skills and implement actions from the training. Read more here.
This session gets excellent feedback because it is very practical and based on real situations. Participants gain the following:
Internal training on delegation compared to using an external provider
Delegation training on what the client wants, preferred style and context, is probably better carried out internaly. But explaining why lawyers don’t delegate, understanding the personality drivers of delegation and frameworks for delegating are often better coming from an experienced external trainer