Womble Carlyle Chair and CEO Betty Temple believes leadership begins with initiative. That’s why she encourages lawyers to explore new opportunities to lead, even if that means stepping outside of his or her comfort zone.

Temple shared her thoughts on leadership with Law360, as part of an article on “3 BigLaw Women Who Shattered The Glass Ceiling This Year.”

Temple, who became Womble Carlyle’s top attorney on Jan. 1st, said forming and leading the firm’s Private Company Advisors Team helped her become a firm leader. She credits Womble Carlyle for fostering an environment where leaders can emerge from within.

“I didn't have to get permission,” she said. “We set goals and objectives and were successful... and that is what catapulted me into the position I'm in today.”

Temple also told Law360 that Womble Carlyle is a place where both women and men are encouraged to succeed.

“Because of that our vice chair is a woman, our executive committee is 50 percent female, our elected firm management committee is one-third female. A third of the remaining leadership positions are women,” she said. “I'm very proud that we've been able to do that.”

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