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A new study by Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA) identifies key characteristics of successful chief legal officers in an increasingly demanding profession. The global executive search and assessment firm published its findings this week in a report titled “Becoming the Calm Risk Taker: Attributes for Success in Today’s New Legal Environment.” The study analyzed data from 3,000 assessments administered to executives in jobs ranging from CEO and CFO to GC and CLO. The assessments were used to rate participants in core competencies such as decision-making approaches and relationship skills. RRA, based in New York City, isolated the results of legal officers and compared those to the results from other corporate leaders. The firm identified eight characteristics exhibited by successful legal executives: