February 11, 2016

Leading from the Library

When You Can’t Lead Like Dan Price | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Library jobs tend to be low paying. Leading in the non-profit education sector gives leaders little leeway or discretionary power to raise salaries. Learn what leaders should know about motivating staff.

Three Questions to Ask and Answer Every Day | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Finding fulfillment in the workplace is no easy task. Leaders and library workers should routinely ask three questions to create the library environment they and their colleagues will want to come to every day.

Comparing Boomer and Next-Gen Library Leaders: More Common Ground Than Expected | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Millennials and Gen-X librarians are moving into leadership positions. In what ways are they different from their Baby Boomer predecessors? OCLC did some research and the results are insightful.

Delving into Leadership Development Programs | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

When we find ourselves in leadership positions, but also find that we lack some essential skills or would like to build upon our existing knowledge, many librarians turn to leadership programs. A new book shares research and insights into what makes those programs tick.

Library Superbosses Lead By Creating Careers | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

It makes sense. Great bosses create workplaces where staff want to be. Lousy bosses make staff miserable so they quit and go elsewhere and try to recover. What exactly does a superboss do?

Leaders and Their Library Message | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Many leaders have developed an elevator talk or pitch about their library. When there’s more time and opportunity there’s a place for another type of communication, the “library message.”

Toxic Leaders, Toxic Workers: Learning to Cope | Leading From the Library

Steven Bell

Librarians may not know a remarkable leader, but they sure can name all the toxic ones they’ve worked for. Lots of toxic employees and co-workers too. Is there any hope for a toxic-free workplace?

You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

The term ‘thought leader’ tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader?

Getting Back on Track After a Leadership Failure | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Fail often to succeed, we are told. Good advice perhaps if we are exploring new services or products. When leaders fail often, or perhaps even just once, recovery is difficult if not impossible. Leaders can learn from their failures and move on.

Influencing Staff Creativity: How Good Leaders Get It Right | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Productive change depends on staff members who are working creatively to develop new ideas for better library services. Leaders can play an important role in helping staff to achieve higher levels of workplace creativity.