June 26, 2017

Leading from the Library

Inspirational Leaders Inspire Others to Make a Difference | Leading from the Library

It takes inspiration to be a visionary leader. Leaders want to inspire others to emotionally connect with their vision–or to simply be more engaged in the workplace. How do great leaders inspire others?

Leading a Difficult Conversation: There is Help | Leading from the Library

A tough skill for leaders to master is the art of the difficult conversation. Good leaders know how to manage the conversation to achieve a positive resolution. Here’s a new source of guidance for those who want to improve.

Good Leaders Ask Good Questions | Leading from the Library

New and aspiring leaders may think they’re supposed to have all the answers. It turns out that leaders perform better when they acknowledge what they don’t know and take time to ask good questions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.