Leading the Court: Canada’s First Female Chief Justice

Season 9 Episode 52

Guest: The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin

Making decisions can be the toughest part of a leader’s job. Judges up the ante; their decisions can literally mean the difference between life or death.

Beverley McLachlin was the Chief Justice of Canada’s Supreme Court. In this episode, she reflects on her leadership journey — from a farm in rural Alberta to the top court in the land. That journey has powerful perspectives on the decision-making process for leaders of all stripes: from law-firm partners to CEOs.

It’s inspiring, too! Beverley overcame deeply entrenched sexism and other barriers, but forged on with a clear vision.

Here’s what the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin and Maureen cover:

  1. The many ways the legal profession offers lessons for leaders of every stripe;
  2. The qualities and skills judges must hone to make effective, balanced decisions — skills that will help your decision-making, too; and
  3. Why it’s so important to get your decisions right — but be willing to change them as new evidence comes in.

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The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin

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DE&I, Global Leadership, International Leadership Association, Leading with Care, Resilience, Women in Leadership


ILA, international leadership, supreme court, Canada, empathy, humility, principles, understanding, equality, indigenous rights, law, justice