October 19, 2014

Leading from the Library

Understanding the Culture or Establishing It | Leading From the Library

Steven Bell

“Don’t expect to change anything unless you can do it within the constraints of the organization culture” is a piece of advice often given to leaders. Perhaps leaders are better off ignoring it and establishing a new culture.

Deciphering the Next Big Thing | Leading From the Library

Steven Bell

Spend enough time as a leader and you’ll be exposed to an endless series of new models for leading, managing, and organizational change. How do you tell the difference between the fly-by-night fads and the ideas worth your time investment? That’s a skill leaders need to develop.

Leadership Communication: Getting Beyond the Basics | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Look at any job description for leaders at any level and there it is under essential qualifications: excellent communication skills. Recent leadership literature suggests there’s more to it than being a good listener and an articulate speaker.

Make It a Place They Want to Work | Leading From the Library

Steven Bell

We look to our leaders to enable us to get things done. We look to them for vision and inspiration, but we also want leaders who make progress and get our organization to the place where the vision becomes reality. What sometimes gets overlooked is the need to create a workplace where people want to be while all the work is getting done.

Learning From the World’s Greatest Leaders | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Fortune’s Greatest Leaders List is one of its special reports that I look forward to, not only for the satisfaction of seeing who made the list but also to see what new nuggets of inspiration can be drawn from the profiles. You rarely find profiles of the greatest leaders all in one space. I admit to being curious about what makes them great and what wisdom those profiles might offer.

Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential.

Learning to Connect the Dots | Leading From the Library

Great leaders have some talents that can’t be quantified and may be more intuitive than learned. Among them, the great ones have an ability to connect separate pieces of information to form a useful pattern. But there may be ways to get better at that.

Looking for and Learning from Leadership Stories | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

There are many ways to learn about leadership. One we may overlook is stories of great leaders—and sometimes leaders who faltered. If great leaders are learners, leadership stories have much to offer.

Thinking Your Way to a More “Leaderly” Presence | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

New research suggests that you may be able to think your way to being more “leaderly” by changing your how you think about yourself.

For Leaders, Creativity and Failure Go Hand in Hand | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Leaders are told they must create a culture that fosters risk, rewards achievement, and accepts failure. That’s all good, but to make it happen, leaders must learn to set the stage for creativity.