Earlier I wrote about the managerial decisions at the disposal of general counsel regarding lawyers who report to them. Each decision has limits but together they comprise power (See my post of April 5, 2011: 12 aspects of power.). Much material appears on this blog regarding each of those indicia of power.
Here is the list with a metapost or two for most. A general counsel has the power to:
(1) promote (See my post of May 4, 2009: in-house counsel career paths with 15 references.).
(2) re-title (See my post of June 26, 2008: titles with 15 references.).
(5) send them to executive education (See my post of June 15, 2008: executive education with 8 references.).
(7) assign them work (See my post of March 28, 2011: workload of in-house lawyers with 29 references.).
(8) publicize achievements internally and externally.
(9) re-arrange responsibilities (See my post of May 4, 2009: career paths with 15 references.).
(10) locate and equip offices (See my post of Sept. 16, 2008: physical layout of offices with 10 references; and Sept. 30, 2009: hallways, conference rooms etc. of legal departments with 13 references and 2 metaposts.).
(11) set and evaluate personal objectives (See my post of June 18, 2010: goals for lawyers with 9 references.), and
(12) shift subordinates.