Jemi Lucey | The Value of Authentic Leadership

Jemi LuceyJemi Lucey is a Partner in the Litigation and Employment Law Departments at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP and is Co-chair of their higher education practice group. She represents private companies, public entities, and institutions of higher learning in federal and state civil litigation matters across various practice areas. 

Jemi is an American Bar Foundation Fellow. She was also recognized by the Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey as one of New Jersey’s Women Business Leaders and was selected for inclusion by the New Jersey Law Journal on its 2020 list of the Top Women in the Law, among many other accolades.

Jemi has held many leadership roles throughout her career. As the immediate past President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Jemi has experience leading a group through the pandemic, pushing for the advancement of women in the profession, and promoting equity and education in the legal space. Above all, Jemi’s leadership positions have shown her the value of being an authentic leader.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Jemi Lucey talks about her passion for being a trial lawyer and her most fulfilling experience at the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
  • What Jemi has learned about leadership — and why authenticity is so important
  • The best advice Jemi has ever received 
  • What elements of personal and professional growth should lawyers cultivate?
  • How to be a leader that others want to follow
  • Jemi’s tips for balancing passion projects with your law career
  • Why self-awareness is vital for growth
  • Jemi’s words of wisdom: ambition is not a dirty word

In this episode…

Thriving in a leadership role requires more than just being a good lawyer. For Jemi Lucey, leadership is about leaving an organization better than when you started, speaking up when you have issues, and enlisting others for help. But there’s one principle that can help you succeed through it all: authenticity.

Authenticity is one of the best tools in the practice of law because it allows you to connect genuinely with others and gain their trust. People are drawn to help you advance a cause when you appeal to them authentically, but you have to be vulnerable, engaging, and willing to take risks. A leader should be someone that people want to follow — and when you lead with authenticity, they’ll happily support your plan to effect positive change and grow as a team. 

In this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge Podcast, Elise Holtzman talks with Jemi Lucey, Partner at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP, about what it means to be an authentic leader. Jemi discusses the characteristics of a great leader, why authenticity is vital, and how to lift up your team members and grow together. Plus, Jemi talks about her personal experience as a leader and shares the advice that guided her along the way.

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