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Leadership Is a Choice

Written by: Laura B. Dodge

Published in the Greater Manchester Chamber Blog (7/27/2020)

Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.” – Orrin Woodward

Ten months ago, I had the honor and privilege of meeting 46 extraordinary people who continue to inspire me to raise my own bar.  It was day one of our Leadership Greater Manchester (“LGM”) Class of 2020 two-day retreat. We gathered in the beautiful lakes region of New Hampshire to begin our development as team.  Even though we were essentially strangers, it was immediately obvious that our team was going to be a strong, dedicated and cohesive group.

We began building our relationship and developing our team with various outdoor challenge activities in the woods and on the ropes course. We started with the core fundamentals of building a good team – respect and trust.  The first step in pursuing our shared priorities and realizing our shared purpose was developing respect for one another. Next, we fostered this respect with trust. Respect and trust are generally earned over time, yet we developed it in 48 hours and continue to cultivate it today.  For our class, individually and collectively, leadership is a choice. It is not a rank, role or a title; it is a responsibility. Leadership is about building respect and trust with shared common values and beliefs. Great leaders work for the greater good. Our class emerged from our retreat committed to being a team of great leaders.

With this shared commitment, we rolled up our sleeves and got to work. We learned about Manchester, its rich history, the challenges it faces, the various initiatives, programs and many opportunities and boundless potential the City has to offer. Our team gained a greater understanding of the area’s political, economic and social structures. We were empowered to solve some of the City’s challenges and improve the quality of life in the greater Manchester area. We remain committed to working for the greater good.

Over the course of the LGM program, our class exchanged viewpoints and experiences, we gained an understanding of each other, we bonded with one another, we supported each other, and we formed lifelong personal and professional friendships. We come from many different professional backgrounds (business, government, education, law, health care, non-profit, arts, and religious and community groups), and we differ personally too (different cultures, values, educations, family dynamics, spiritual and political beliefs). Many of us have different motivations to serve.  Yet, despite these differences, we share a common goal.  We are all dedicated to being great leaders and inspiring others to raise their own bar.

Integrity and trust

At McLane Middleton we establish and maintain long-standing relationships with our clients to help us better achieve their unique goals over time. This approach to building trust requires that our esteemed lawyers and professionals use their broad, in-depth knowledge and work together with integrity to ascertain sound resolutions to legal matters for their clients.

Strength in numbers

McLane Middleton is made up of more than 105 attorneys who represent a broad range of clients throughout the region, delivering customized solutions. As a firm we are recognized as having the highest legal ability rating. The firm is rated Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and is recognized as one of the nation's leading law firms in Chambers USA. Our attorneys are distinguished leaders in their respective practice areas.

Meet Our People

Commitment and collaboration

McLane Middleton's versatile group of attorneys and paralegals become trusted authorities on each case through collaboration. We work with our clients to learn their individual needs first and foremost and, together, we develop comprehensive solutions to their specific legal matters. This approach helps us exceed our clients' expectations efficiently and effectively, client by client, case by case.

Practice Areas

A history of excellence

McLane Middleton was established in 1919 in New Hampshire, and has five offices across two states. However, deep historical roots don't allow you to become innate. Our firm is organized, technological, and knowledgeable. Our history means we are recognized. But our reputation is built on the highest quality of service and experience in very specific areas of law.

The Firm

Intelligence paired with action

Our team continuously seeks opportunities to enhance their professional development and put key learnings to action. The pursuit of further insight guides us to volunteer service opportunities, speaking engagements, and teaching roles. Our lawyers are sought after thought leaders across their industries, and recipients of leadership awards throughout the region.