Thinking about academic library administration as your next career step? When you do, you become a higher education administrator too. Here are some things you may want to know about moving into higher education administration, and some leadership lessons you’ll learn when you do.
Leading from the Library
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.
Great leaders have a way of inspiring followers to believe in a cause that makes them want to change. Actually doing this is a tremendous challenge. What does it take to be that kind of leader? As I travel to conferences and libraries, I hear one particular complaint more often than others. It’s from academic [...]
Expectations for new leaders always run high. Failure to deliver big gains quickly can lead to disillusionment and loss of confidence. What can we learn from the UVa leadership debacle? Aspiring leaders are advised to study and learn from cases that offer the lessons of leading, both how to do it well and mistakes to [...]