There is not doubt that more and more general counsel are being recognized as business leaders. They are finding a seat at the table and entwining their expertise in the day-to-day business decisions that shape corporate governance. Many companies, from Office Depot to McDonald’s acknowledge this increased importance by implementing talent and leadership development programs for their in-house teams.
At Office Depot, for example, the company’s leadership development efforts extend to all departments, including legal. According to Elisa Garcia, executive vice president and chief legal officer, the most important program for her legal team is the Advanced Leadership Development Program (ALDP).