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Scott Peeler Talks With Above the Law About the Arent Fox Plan To Foster Leadership

Earlier this month, as Above the Law reported, "Arent Fox announced its inaugural Fellows Program class — an initiative for senior associates and junior partners that emphasizes personal and professional growth through a three-year leadership training program."

If I had to identify the No. 1 misconception people have about leadership, it would be the belief that leadership comes from having a position or title. This position myth, that you can’t lead if you’re not at the top, couldn’t be further than the truth. The erroneous thinking of this myth is that leadership is position, not influence.

When potential leaders understand the dynamics of gaining influence with people, they come to realize that position has little to do with genuine leadership. You can lead others from anywhere in the organization, and when you do, you make the organization better. The bottom line is this: Leadership is a choice you make, not a place you sit. Anyone can choose to become a leader wherever he or she is. You can make a difference no matter where you are.

M. Scott Peeler, Chair, Associate Development Committee and Leader, AF Fellows Program

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