March 24, 2017

Leading from the Library

Adopting a Founder’s Mindset: Leading like an Owner | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

It’s good when library leaders talk about having a start-up mentality or entrepreneurial spirit. One thing is missing though: Ownership. These leaders have little of their own to lose if things go bad. Thinking like an owner may make a difference.

ALA Goes Looking for a Leader | Leading From the Library

Steven Bell

There’s no debate that it will be hard to replace the American Library Association (ALA)’s current Executive Director (ED). But there’s plenty of debate over the next ED’s qualifications. Should the MLS be required? Or do we look for the best association leader we can find?

Becoming an Open Library Leader | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Librarians are leaders when they advocate for a culture of openness in their organizations and communities. Whether it’s open source, open access, or open educational resources, we support the principles of openness. What does open leadership look like?

From Good to Great, as a Leader | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

There’s a difference between being a good leader and a great leader, but it’s not what we might think. Greatness is not just being better than good. It’s about having force and channeling it for a purpose.

Empathy as the Leader’s Path to Change | Leading From the Library

Steven Bell

You’re the leader. You have a vision. It will require real organizational change. Now what? Empathic leaders may do better at gaining followers than encouraging resistors.

Library Leaders Ignore Organizational Politics at Their Own Risk | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Do we do ourselves a disservice when we believe that hard work and playing by the rules are enough to be a successful leader? As leaders, do we hurt the library when we fail at institutional politics?

Leading the Creative Library | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

It helps leaders to harness their own creative potential, but they should also pay attention to creating the right culture and environment that leads to a creative library organization as a whole.

Crisis Leadership Takes On a New Meaning | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Unexpected acts of hatred, violence, and destruction are occurring more frequently. These dark crises impact everyone in an organization, but wise leaders can contribute to a better emotional climate if they know how to respond.

Rethinking the Much-Dreaded Employee Evaluation | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

They may be a bit of a pain, but employee performance assessments have their place in continuous worker improvement. The question for leaders is, is there a better way to manage the process?

Writing, Reflecting, Capturing: Three Less-Discussed Leadership Skills | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Little things make the difference. There is broad consensus on the most critical skills leaders need to learn, but there are some less frequently discussed practices that can help build those skills.