"Position team members to succeed by investing in their development and providing them with the right opportunities and resources." Juan Arteaga, Crowell & Moring
"A good leader should spread positivity and be an energizer and inspiration to their colleagues. ... Being in the trenches with the team matters as does caring about them as individuals." Erica Berthou, Kirkland & Ellis
"Successful leadership to me is service by example. A good leader must be selfless and have the ability to both execute as well as manage, listen as well as communicate effectively, and manage complexities all while fostering growth and inspiring others." Tanya N. Blocker, Association of Black Women Attorneys
"First and foremost, a leader is a servant who bears responsibility for executing a vision. A leader shares in the success of the vision and takes responsibility for any roadblocks to turning vision into reality." Joseph Drayton, Cooley
"Good leadership is very individual—I think leaders need to define their own style based on their personalities and strengths. It never works to adopt a style that isn’t true to yourself." Lisa Ferri, Mayer Brown

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"Being a leader means doing your best, for yourself, and those around you, and helping others to do their best." Megan Goddard, Goddard Law
"Strong leaders put their team first, and they lead by example though hard work rather than just demanding it from others. They make those around them more confident through communication and positivity, and they remain calm under the most pressure-filled situations." Jayme Goldstein, Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
"To me, leaders set an example for everyone around them, both professionally and personally, work hard and approach every task—even the smallest ones—with dedication and enthusiasm." Jay Kasner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
"Whether it is leading a team of lawyers or the office, I think that to be effective, you have to act consistent with the notion that you are simply a vessel for the success of the team as a whole. That means designing and driving a strategy that is not simply self-promotional, but that takes into account the needs, strengths and weaknesses of all of the team’s members. You also have to be attentive to feedback, own your own failings, as well as the team’s, to clients, courts, etc., and be endlessly positive. The infectiousness of a leader’s toxicity and/or positivity cannot be underestimated." Noreen Kelly, McGuireWoods
"An important part of leadership is encouraging collaboration with colleagues and assuring that all of us recognize the contributions made by talented people across all levels of experience and skill." Jeffrey Kohn, O’Melveny & Myers

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"For others to happily accept leadership, it requires that they trust you. That in turn requires that they know who you are. Being authentic, being true to your own personality, is key to leadership." Kathleen McKenna, Proskauer Rose
"It's important to spend more time listening and less time talking, and to remain calm and measured regardless of the situation, while showing your teeth only when you have to." Roger Meltzer, DLA Piper
"I think leadership starts with a work ethic that pushes you to bring your best to your game every day. Leadership also means being able to put ego aside to let others bring their unique qualities to the team. Most importantly, leadership is about being honest with yourself and others about the difficult issues that sometimes get in the way of success." Nancy Mitchell, O’Melveny & Myers
"Being a leader to me means having a strategic vision, inspiring others to give their best effort, and being fair and even-handed with my colleagues. I also think it is important to be compassionate, and to treat others—including my adversaries—with full respect." Lynn Neuner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
"Strong leaders listen to different perspectives and work to build consensus. Leaders should be able to acknowledge mistakes and change course when needed. An effective leader understands that contribution can come in many different forms, often in new and unexpected ways." Michèle Penzer, Latham & Watkins

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"Being a leader means leading by example, by embodying the qualities—client service, hard work, respect for others and high ethical standards—that you hope to instill in others." Robert Schumer, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
"In the context of a law firm, being a leader refers to a person who helps determine and implement the best means available to advance and develop the professional careers of his or her colleagues. It involves allocating the right assignments, conveying meaningful and respectful feedback, and setting a good example. And for me, it also entails selecting the right movie for Movie Day (two thumbs up for 'Deadpool 2')." Wallace Schwartz, Kasowitz Benson Torres
"First and foremost, leadership means to lead by example. Our firm chairs have historically continued as active practitioners of the quality we want each lawyer at the firm to aspire to and achieve. Second, to put the interest of the firm as a whole ahead of any personal interest or agenda: one cannot have 'buy-in' to one's leadership and decision-making unless it is done in the best interest of the organization. Third, to keep an open mind and listen to divergent points of view and concerns, but then take action in the time frame that is most effective." Joseph Shenker, Sullivan & Cromwell
"Being a leader means being strategic as well as tactical and empowering those you work with to acquire the experience and confidence to stand on their own." Daniel Slifkin, Cravath, Swain & Moore
"It starts with integrity. Taking responsibility. Treating everyone in the organization fairly and with respect. Having a vision for the firm and being able to inspire people to achieve their maximum potential. Helping each individual succeed, which will assure that the firm succeeds. A willingness to listen to all points of view, but then being decisive. Paying attention to the big picture, but also the details. At all times acting in the best interest of the firm, even if it means disappointing a friend or sacrificing some revenue. Being willing to take risk, make hard decisions, and to confront issues head on. Parking your ego at the door, empowering people at all levels of the organization and making them feel as owners, maintaining a sense of humor." Peter Wolfson, Dentons

The best advice offered by NYLJ’s 2018 Distinguished Leaders, an award given to attorneys in leadership roles who achieved impressive results in the past year.