Emerging Leader Spotlight: Lyndsay Markley

Every month we ask an emerging leader we admire to share what she is doing to take the lead in her career. We invite her to share how she achieved her current position, what obstacles she encountered on her climb, as well as tips for how to be a rising woman of influence.

This month we shine the Emerging Leader Spotlight on Lyndsay Markley of The Law Office of Lyndsay A. Markley, Ltd.  She is a personal injury and wrongful death trial attorney who is dedicated to victims’ rights.

Markley,Lyndsay_008_01_opt(1)Favorite leadership quote: “You can and should set your own limits and clearly articulate them. This takes courage, but it is also liberating and empowering, and often earns you new respect.” Rosalind Brewer, President and CEO of Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

What are some top tips you can recommend to other women who want to be recognized as a high potential emerging leader?
Create a strong support network – people you can learn from on a regular basis because you should never stop learning! I’m proud to be ‘mentor-rich’.  My array of mentors include, trial attorney mentors, networking mentors, style mentors, judicial mentors, and rainmaking mentors.

These women and men have been instrumental in guiding me through the first nine years of my career, allowing me to land in the wonderful place I am today.  Some of my mentors have played small but important roles in my life, and others have changed its direction completely.

I’d also recommend controlling your own destiny by getting your own book of business. I learned that the number one most important aspect of an individual to any business – including a law firm – is what kind of long-term financial gain you will bring to them.

My goal as a practitioner was to create a book of business that solidified my professional value and established me as a leader. This was the only way I knew that I could be secured professionally. I went a step further by setting up my own law practice over a year ago – it was a challenge but it’s one of my biggest leadership achievements.

I would also encourage women to inject empathy and compassion into their leadership styles too. In the lawsuits I handle (sexual abuse/wrongful death/serious injury), the individuals need more than just legal advice ​– they need someone to guide them through the process with a high level of sensitivity, responsiveness and concern.

What tools or resources have you used that have been crucial to your success?
I take advantage of every opportunity to learn, including hands-on experience as a trial attorney. During my first job as an attorney, I took over cases with an upcoming arbitration or trial so I could learn.

Social media is an important resource too and all leaders should have a presence – it is a part of our culture that is here to stay and is a great way to network and reach a wide sector with your business message.

What steps are you currently taking to improve yourself, professionally?
In addition to attending conferences and listening to talented colleagues share their experiences, I’m cross-training my skills with story-telling and psychology exercises, as well as reading books that enhance my communication skills.

I’m also spending a lot of time trying to enhance my knowledge of different software that can elevate a law practice from great to amazing – there’s a wide range of tools available to streamline discovery and trial, and I want to know as much as I can so I can offer my clients the best.

I’m also focusing on being ‘present’ in not only my work, but life in general. I recently attended a legal conference in Miami and many of the highly successful attorney speakers agreed that presence, self-exploration, defining oneself and setting work boundaries is mandatory to professional success and overall happiness.


If you would like to connect directly, here are Lyndsay’s LinkedIn  and Twitter profile links.

Ann Roushar

Ann joined Women’s Leadership Coaching, Inc. as Operations Manager in 2011. Her background is in events and program management, however, with the launch of Be Leaderly, Ann has discovered a new passion for the communications side of the business, including blogging, social media and graphic design. Ann’s vision for this blog is to make it a “must have” resource for women in business, a virtual space where women can feel comfortable about sharing their career wins, woes or worries. Follow @ann_roushar on Twitter.

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