August 28, 2015

Leading from the Library

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.

Too Much Leadership Advice? Focus on Your Philosophy | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

With the huge volume of leadership advice that’s generated weekly what’s a leader supposed to do? It’s not only the lack of time for taking it all in, but to what extent should it influence your leadership style.

Are You “The Man” or “The Mobilizer?” | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Leaders have the power: To make changes. To set direction. To accomplish things. The nature of power is changing. Smart leaders will learn how to make the most of it.

What’s Your Personal Mission? | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Good leaders need to be focused and consistent. It pushes them to achieve their goals in a way that followers can anticipate and count on. Having a personal mission statement can help leaders stay true to this fundamental approach.

Sell Your Ideas Like a Shark Is Listening | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

You’ve got a great idea for your library. You think it’s a slam dunk for success. No one else is listening and you’re frustrated. Maybe you need a new approach.

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.