Why Lawyers Become Bad Leaders

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Adam Niklewicz for The Chronicle Review

If you're a lawyer, you've heard it before: Americans don't much like us.

A recent Gallup poll finds that less than a fifth of Americans rate lawyers highly or very highly in honesty and ethical standards, above members of Congress and car salesmen. According to a Pew Research Center poll, honesty is the most important leadership trait.

Although honesty is not a characteristic commonly associated with lawyers, Americans place lawyers in leadership