A flurry of studies, reports, and articles are pointing to new findings about gender and leadership. Men and woman bring different strengths to the practice of leadership. Let’s avoid arguing about who’s better, and focus instead on how the sexes can learn from each other and improve as leaders.
Leading from the Library
There’s leadership. Then there’s library leadership. Or is there? Is being a leader in a library so different that it is a leadership entity unique unto itself? A library leader is ultimately, a leader who performs their work in a library, but what makes him or her a leader is not unique to the library setting.
Good leaders need to make good decisions. Unfortunately we humans make bad decisions—for all the wrong reasons. Anything thing we can do as leaders to give ourselves an edge in making better decisions is good for our organizations. Chip and Dan Heath offer a four-step process for better decision-making.
Who doesn’t want to be a remarkable leader? Such leaders manage to combine powerful thinking and feeling skills. However, getting there is hard. Only about twenty percent of leaders are remarkable. What does it take? One of the long-lasting debates in the field of leadership is whether leaders are born or made. According to Dr. Karol Wasylyshyn (pronounced WA-SA-LISH-IN), a leadership researcher who combines expertise in business and psychology, it’s neither one. She believes that when the forces of education, experience, and behavior come together in the right blend, under the right conditions, a remarkable leader may emerge.
If you are a librarian and seek a mentor, you can get one. Our profession has no dearth of formal programs, and we even create opportunities that facilitate informal relationships. So far it has worked well, but as millennials enter the library workforce it may present a new challenge for library leaders.
Leadership experts point to the importance of coaching others in the organization, but perhaps leaders can do more good in the role of captain, rather than coach. ust as there are differences between managers and leaders, there are differences between coaches and captains. A coach is there to help build up specific skill sets. While a good leader should be able to recognize the problem and share it with a manager, I’m less certain it’s the role of the leader to start coaching their reports so they can improve.