Becoming a Library Leader: Seven Stages of Leadership Development for Academic Librarians

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Leadership has not always been a focus in academic libraries; the profession has often concentrated on management, administration, and library service. However, it is possible to prepare yourself to be a library leader or learn to be a better, more effective one. It requires a plan, a guidebook, a career perspective, and discipline. You have to be intentional, and invest your time in your development and personal growth.

In three parts—Library Organizations and Academic Culture, The Seven Stages of Leadership Development, and Cultural Intelligence and Global Leadership—Becoming a Library Leader offers a wealth of resources to help you progress through the seven stages of leadership development:

  • Understanding Yourself and Your Leadership Potential
  • Emotional Intelligence and Leadership
  • Vision and Strategy
  • Leading with Intention
  • What Leaders Really Do: Communicate and Change
  • Correcting through Reflecting
  • Mind-Set, Grit, and Resilience

Packed with learning activities, case studies, personal stories, and self-reflective exercises, along with a discussion of library leadership styles, theories, and models for academic libraries, this book can help you both understand leadership and develop it within yourself.

Imprint: ACRL
Published: 2020
Pages: 268
Sku: 9780838947678

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