There are many ways to learn about leadership. One we may overlook is stories of great leaders—and sometimes leaders who faltered. If great leaders are learners, leadership stories have much to offer.
Leading from the Library
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.
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.
Those seeking more formal leadership roles will inevitably encounter cynicism. We live in cynical times, and there is distrust of those in leadership positions. If you anticipate it and have strategies for coping with it, leaders can learn to turn the cynics into believers.
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.
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.