Compiled for the LCLD Board of Directors every Wednesday, this digest is designed to brief you on the latest headlines about LCLD Members and organizations, as well as thought-provoking articles on diversity in the legal profession, talent development, mentoring, and leadership. Past issues of the Digest are also archived on the LCLD web site.

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1. Stressed at Work? Mentoring a Colleague Could Help

The Harvard Business Review, 3/1/19

Decades of research has demonstrated how junior employees benefit from being mentored. New findings suggest that it works both ways: Mentors find their work more meaningful and experience lower levels of anxiety.

2. Most Diversity Executives Say They Lack Power to Push Change

Bloomberg, 3/1/19

According to a recent survey, more than half of the largest U.S. companies still don’t have a top-level executive dedicated to nurturing a diverse workforce. Among professionals in that role, most say their goals aren’t high on the list of company priorities.

3. When the Bully Is the Boss

The New York Times, 2/26/19

Do tougher bosses get better results? New research says no. “Productivity may rise in the short term,” says Rebecca Greenbaum of Rutgers University. “But over time the performance of the staff or team deteriorates, and people quit.”

4. When Visionary Leadership Fails

The Harvard Business Review, 2/28/19

Visionary leadership is critical to success. But its positive impact breaks down when middle managers aren’t aligned with top management’s vision, causing strategic change efforts to stall out or even fail.

5. Women, Business and the Law 2019: A Decade of Reform

World Bank Group, February 2019

In this comprehensive report, the World Bank Group describes gender equality as a critical component of economic growth and prosperity around the world. Yet despite the progress made over the past decade, in many places laws are still holding women back. (Downloadable PDF attached below.)