Ronda Muir, Founder and Principal of Law People Management, LLC, is one of the country’s leading authorities on the personal attributes of lawyers and the application of behavioral science to the legal workplace. Law People Management provides custom management consulting services to law firms and law departments, offering business-savvy, psychologically sophisticated and real-world solutions to both the traditional and emerging people management challenges that are unique to the legal industry. We have advised Fortune 500 corporations and law firms of all sizes on such issues as organizational transition and change management, management structure, risk management, compensation, succession, lateral integration, selection and retention, leadership and professional development, diversity, culture, morale and communication. By enhancing personal and workplace dynamics, our clients achieve both greater profitability and the collaborative, energized and innovative culture that best supports lawyers and their clients.
Nationally recognized for her identification and assessment of emerging industry trends, she is a frequent speaker, an award-winning author and publishes www.LawPeopleBlog.com, a valuable resource for the legal community. Muir’s 2017 book Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence, published by the ABA, is the first comprehensive guide to emotional intelligence (EI) in the unique context of practicing law, covering:
- What emotional intelligence means, its research origins that feature a lawyer, and its four components
- The demographics of EI
- How lawyers compare to doctors and other professionals in emotional intelligence
- Why emotionally intelligent lawyers are smarter, better practitioners—as negotiators, litigators and judges, make more money, and are physically and mentally healthier
- How emotionally intelligent law departments and law firms profit from high EI leadership, greater performance, enhanced teamwork, and increased client satisfaction, as well as lower attrition, healthcare and professional liability costs
- Why emotionally intelligent practices can thrive in an increasingly competitive and technologically complex marketplace
- How to find out your level of emotional intelligence
- The steps that individuals and workplaces can take to raise emotional intelligence
- Why law schools interested in producing the best and brightest should include emotional intelligence in admissions and curricula
Muir has practice in the United States and abroad, in both law firms and law departments, including as an associate at New York’s Davis Polk & Wardwell, as Co-General Counsel for the TAG Group, based in Paris, France, and as Vice President of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. She graduated with Distinction in Psychology from Swarthmore College, received a J.D. with Honors from the University of Texas Law School and a certificate in International Law from the London School of Economics. A mediator with advanced training from Harvard University, she is also certified to administer several assessments, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT).
As part of her community service, Muir currently serves as chair of the board of Family ReEntry, a Connecticut agency dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted by the criminal justice system, and has served on a number of boards, including the National School Climate Center, an organization promoting social and emotional learning in schools, the Dispute Settlement Center, a Connecticut mediation firm, and The Institute for Social and Psychiatric Initiatives at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. In addition, Muir has provided leadership training for at-risk youth for Community Centers, Inc. and has conducted leadership and teamwork retreats for UNICEF national offices around the world.