Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Maureen Sullivan on Leadership

Learn by Doing
1) Recognize opportunities
2) Learn about the ALA structure
3) Learn from other colleagues, mentors, and leaders
4) Network

Leadership Challenge
Are leaders born or made?

5 Leadership Practices
1) Challenge the process
--- question, suggest, think (and encourage others to think), innovate (application of ideas)
--- e.g. "I have a different approach (pause to gain attention) ..."
--- e.g. "It seems to me that we have a lot of work ... and not everyone is contributing ..."
--- effective strategies of persuasion = use research of the innovation in organizations, concentrate on how it will benefit the patron, provide support plan during change to combat fear of change

2) Inspire shared vision
--- become a futurist, clarify own vision as well as have others communicate clearly, engage/listen to others' ideas, speak positively and from the heart
--- Ron Heifeitz: become skillful at asking questions
--- if all else fails, have the courage to leave

3) Enable others to act
--- relationships are investments and are built on trust so be authentic, value other people and their contributions, involve others in meaningful activities

4) Model the way
--- actions coincide with principles and values so be mindful of actions and their effects
--- see Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

5) Encourage the love
--- recognize others actions, especially with tangible tokens
--- e.g. "Thank you for ..."

All people are "member-leaders" so all are collaborators.

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