This is a really good read by Nathan Butler, General Counsel Group Legal Function at Lloyds Banking Group. I like his point of view that the GC's role will stay the same.  The GC has always, and should always, be a trusted advisor of the board, CEO and senior executives. As leaders, they must also lead and inspire their team. 

What is interesting is that although the GC role is essentially the same, the environment and profession is changing and these changes require GCs to be business leaders as well as leaders in law.  The legal profession is evolving, the market is expanding, technology, career development and skills are also changing.  The GC's role is to ensure that all of these changes are considered effectively to ensure the service delivery and career progression of their team is the best it can be.

Inspiration can come from many places and I agree with Nathan that so much inspiration can be taken from "people with courage who achieve great things in the face of adversity - unassuming people who do the unexpected."