What kind of general counsel are you? Are you a subject matter expert? An adviser? Or someone the CEO relies on, like the vice chair?
Recently, Bob Marcus, founder and managing partner of Brimstone Consulting Group, shared the characteristics of that vice chair. He has spent countless hours coaching CEOs in Fortune 500 companies and noted that in some meetings, the GC was indistinguishable from the vice chair. He said this at the Mary Ann Hynes Leadership Institute, hosted by InsideCounsel magazine and Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP. It was attended by about 40 direct reports to GCs, including panels of public company board members, CEOs, CFOs and GCs.