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Usually, good legal operations leaders tend to fit one of four distinct personas:
♣ The uber-analyst who brings quantitative rigor to the legal department
♣ The Business or Financial Management professional (an MBA usually), who brings additional operational and financial discipline to the legal department and their vendors.
♣ The lawyer who has chosen a more business-focused career path, and
♣ The highly analytical Business Management professional, who is valued for their legal and business expertise
Now, while having an MBA is a great addition for some of the above job profiles, the people you require for these roles don’t mandatorily need to have those degrees.
▪ A very strong understanding and knowledge of the core business.
▪ The ability to translate the needs of other business departments into legal requirements / solutions.
▪ The ability to control and manage external law firm performance.
▪ A solemn commitment to using the internal legal department to grow the organization.