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Discover the Leader in You!. Developing and Realizing your Leadership Potential. Instructors. Laurie Scott, Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto Daniel Phelan, Ryerson University Wayne Glover, AssociationsFirst. Agenda. Introductions Perceptions of Leadership

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Discover the leader in you

Discover the Leader in You!

Developing and Realizing your Leadership Potential


Instructors
Instructors

  • Laurie Scott, Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto

  • Daniel Phelan, Ryerson University

  • Wayne Glover, AssociationsFirst


Agenda
Agenda

  • Introductions

  • Perceptions of Leadership

  • Leadership Defined

  • Personal Leadership Traits

  • Leadership Potential

  • BREAK


Agenda continued
Agenda, continued

  • Taking on a Leadership Role in Professional Associations

  • Leadership Institutes & Programs

  • Personal Action Plan

  • Perceptions of Leadership Revisited

  • Wrap-up and Evaluations


Introductions
Introductions

  • Please tell us your name, where you work, how long you have been in the library/information profession, and what you hope to get from this workshop.


At the end of this workshop you will
At the end of this workshop you will:

  • Know how leadership is defined and discussed in the literature;

  • Know how you can take on leadership roles in your own life;

  • Know how to develop your own leadership skills;

  • Understand the role of leadership in team work;


At the end of this workshop you will1
At the end of this workshop you will:

  • Know how participation in professional associations can help with your leadership skills development;

  • Know what leadership institutes and programs exist for librarians and whether they would be right for you.


What you ll take away
What You’ll Take Away

  • PowerPoint slides

  • Bibliography

  • Checklist of leadership qualities

  • List of leadership institutes/programs

  • Your personal action plan

  • But not…


Great leaders

Great Leaders

Sir Winston Churchill – Was he a great leader?


Perceptions of leadership
Perceptions of Leadership

  • Who are some people you would identify as great leaders?

  • Public figures, personal acquaintances; present day or historical.

  • What do you think makes them great leaders?


Perceptions of leadership1
Perceptions of Leadership

  • The following slide shows individuals who may or may not be considered great leaders.

  • What do you think?

  • Are they great leaders, or not? Why, why not?


Great leaders1

Oprah

Pierre Trudeau

René Lévesque

Bill & Melinda Gates

Bono

Margaret Thatcher

Tony Blair

Stephen Abram

Adolf Hitler

Nelson Mandela

Michaëlle Jean

Rudy Giuliani

Great Leaders?


When you were a child
When You Were a Child

  • I’ll bet that most of you played a game called “Follow the Leader”

  • Were you the ‘leader’ or ‘one of the followers’ ?

  • What do you remember (if anything) about this game ?


How to play follow the leader
How to Play ‘Follow the Leader’

  • First a leader or "head of the line" is chosen, then all children line up behind the leader.

  • The leader then moves around and all the children have to mimic the leader's actions.

  • Players who mess up or do not do what the leader does are out of the game.

  • The last person standing other than the leader is now the new leader.


What you learned about leadership from the game
What you Learned About Leadership from the Game

  • There has to be a leader

  • The leader must be chosen

  • There must be followers

  • Those who follow must mimic the leader


What you learned about leadership from the game1
What you Learned About Leadership from the Game

  • Those who do not mimic the leader are left behind

  • A new leader always emerges at the end of the game

  • The cycle continues

  • Do you think all of these lessons are true?


Leadership defined
Leadership Defined

  • In its simplest form leadership is the capacity or ability to lead.

  • To lead is to either get in front to show people the way or to go along with them.


Leadership defined1
Leadership Defined

  • In any case, the leader always takes an active role in making something happen with others

  • The others are referred to as followers


Leaders need followers
Leaders need followers

  • Not everyone can be a leader in every situation

  • It is not always necessary, but leaders have probably been followers first

  • Some people do not have the desire or the qualities to be leaders


Leaders need followers1
Leaders need followers

  • Followers fulfill very important functions and they need their leaders to have certain qualities


Leaders need followers2
Leaders need followers

  • What followers expect:

    • Honesty

    • Competence

    • Forward-looking attitudes

    • Inspiration

  • These create credibility

    Kouzes and Posner


Leadership defined2
Leadership Defined

  • Some three hundred and fifty definitions of “leadership” have been generated over the last thirty years by leadership researchers

  • Some say leadership is merely “coping with change”


Leadership defined3
Leadership Defined

  • Others point to being visionary or vision-oriented as the most important quality of a leader

  • The “wise use of power” is another partial definition


Leadership defined4
Leadership Defined

  • One leadership scholar and guru, Warren Bennis, has identified several aspects of leaders in business terms.

    • A guiding vision

    • Passion

    • Integrity

    • Trust

    • Curiosity

    • Daring


Characteristics of leaders
Characteristics of Leaders

  • Agents of change

  • Apostles of hope

  • Good listeners

  • Coaches and teachers

  • Decisive


Characteristics of leaders1
Characteristics of Leaders

  • Risk-takers

  • Enforce standards

  • Tenacious

  • Results-oriented


Leadership defined5
Leadership Defined

  • Are leaders born or made?

    • Early studies assumed leaders were born but none of these studies was conclusive

    • If leader are born, then leadership training is meaningless!


Leadership defined6
Leadership Defined

  • Are leaders born or made ?

    • If leaders are made, then theoretically anyone can be a leader

    • The truth probably lies in between – leaders are probably born with the aptitude but need guidance and nurturing to realize their leadership potential

    • Similar to great singers or athletes, who are born with a gift, but need to develop it


Is leadership the same as management
Is leadership the same as management ?

  • Generally leaders have traits that make them good managers

  • But good managers may not be great leaders – why might that be?

  • Similarly, a visionary person may have the charisma of a leader, but have no ability as a manager


Is leadership the same as management1
Is leadership the same as management ?

  • It is not essential to be a manager to be a leader

  • One can be a leader from the ranks

  • Indeed leaders can be found at all levels of organizations and groups


Leadership teamwork
Leadership & Teamwork

  • What is the role of leaders in team work?

    • In some instances, creating the team or introducing members to each other

    • Clearly defining responsibilities

    • Developing communications guidelines

    • Identifying a conflict resolution mechanism


Leadership teamwork1
Leadership & Teamwork

  • Encouraging an open exchange of ideas during team creation

  • Creating a shared purpose, direction and goals

  • Providing detailed and timely feedback


Is leadership the same as management2
Is leadership the same as management ?

  • “The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.”

    Warren Bennis


The tasks of leadership
The “Tasks of Leadership”

  • Envisioning goals

  • Affirming values

  • Motivating

  • Managing (priorities, decisions & systems)

  • Achieving workable unity


The tasks of leadership1
The “Tasks of Leadership”

  • Explaining and teaching

  • Serving as a symbol

  • Representing the group

  • Renewing


Leadership potential
Leadership Potential

  • How can you determine your own leadership potential?


Personal leadership traits
Personal Leadership Traits

  • Using the provided check list, take 10 minutes to reflect on your own leadership traits – the qualities you have that would make you a good leader, and those that you think might make leadership difficult for you.

  • There may be other qualities you think are important that are not on the checklist.

  • Grade yourself from 1 – 10 on each quality.

  • You may share these with the group, or keep them private.


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Personal Leadership Traits

  • What qualities of leadership were not on the checklist?


Leadership professional associations
Leadership & Professional Associations

  • Participation in professional associations is a great way to develop leadership abilities.

  • There are many different ways to participate, and a wide variety of associations.


Leadership professional associations1
Leadership & Professional Associations

  • What reasons might people have for not participating?


Leadership professional associations2
Leadership & Professional Associations

  • Reasons we hear for not taking on leadership activities in associations:

    • I don’t have enough time

    • It’s a lot of work and responsibility


Leadership professional associations3
Leadership & Professional Associations

  • Reasons we hear for not taking on leadership activities in associations:

    • I don’t have anything to offer; other people are more qualified to serve than I am

    • I’m uncomfortable expressing my opinion in public

    • It costs a lot of money


Leadership professional associations4
Leadership & Professional Associations

  • I don’t have enough time.

    • Everyone is pressed for time, but remember that even the busiest people participate.

    • Negotiate with your employer for the time needed. After all, this is your professional development and it makes you a better employee.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • I don’t have enough time.

    • Choose an activity that fits with the time you have. E.g. writing an article (working at times that are best for you such as evenings) may be better than serving on a committee that meets at specific times.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • It’s a lot of work and responsibility.

    • Yes, it is! But it’s also a great opportunity for professional and personal growth.

    • It’s also fun – which makes it feel less like work.


Leadership professional associations7
Leadership & Professional Associations

  • It’s a lot of work and responsibility.

    • Taking on responsibility is an important leadership trait.

    • It is very rewarding to see the fruits of your labour, and the impact you can have as a leader.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • I don’t have anything to offer; others are better qualified

    • Don’t sell yourself short!

    • Everyone has qualities, skills or knowledge that they can contribute.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • I don’t have anything to offer; others are better qualified

    • Long-time members of the profession have experience and knowledge of the “big picture” to share.

    • Newer members have a fresh outlook on issues and new skills.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • I don’t have anything to offer; others are better qualified

    • Behind the scenes work is as important as that directly in the public eye.

    • You can start small and work your way up.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • I’m uncomfortable expressing my opinion in public.

    • This common anxiety can be overcome!

    • Take a course on public speaking, join Toastmasters or a similar group.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • I’m uncomfortable expressing my opinion in public.

    • Practice with people you’re comfortable with.

    • Good preparation – knowing your stuff – is key to developing confidence.

    • The more you work with a group of people, the easier it becomes to express your opinion.

    • You develop a comfort level with them.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • I’m uncomfortable expressing my opinion in public.

    • If you are passionate about something, you will want to speak up. No one will be able to hold you back!


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • It costs a lot of money.

    • It’s a sad fact that many people don’t have institutional financial support to participate.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • It costs a lot of money.

    • Negotiate with your employer!

    • Professional development is a shared responsibility between employee and employer.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • It costs a lot of money.

    • You may need to choose a single association in which to belong and participate, and pay for the membership yourself.

    • Consider it an investment in yourself.

    • Some volunteer positions come with financial support for conference attendance.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • Personal Reasons to Participate:

    • Learning about yourself – personal development

    • Networking – forming useful relationships and friendships

    • Giving back to the profession

    • Résumé building

    • Raising your profile in your own institution


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • Learning about yourself

    • When you participate in a professional association, you can be surprised at what you can accomplish and the skills you have.

    • Participation is a great way to further develop your potential.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • Networking

    • Spending time with your colleagues and working on projects together helps you to develop greater knowledge of issues and professional practice.

    • You develop your personal “Rolodex” of go-to people.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • Networking

    • You can make wonderful friendships that last a lifetime.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • Giving back to the profession

    • Your profession has been good to you and you have the ability to contribute in return.

    • You can mentor younger/newer members of the profession.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • Giving back to the profession

    • You can take on a leadership position and help move the profession forward. E.g. CHLA/ABSC Task Force on Standards.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • Résumé building

    • It’s OK to have personal motivations for participating!

    • Employers like to see participation in professional associations.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • Résumé building

    • Through networking, you may hear about job opportunities.

    • Professional colleagues may act as references.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • Raising your profile in your own institution.

    • If you serve in a professional association, give a paper, are elected to office, be sure your non-library colleagues know about it!

    • An institutional newsletter, intranet or blog are a few possibilities.

    • Volunteer to report on your activities in meetings.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • What other reasons are there to participate in your professional associations?


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • Associations:

    • CHLA/ABSC (and chapters)

    • SLA (notably, the Biomedical and Life Sciences Division; local chapters)

    • MLA (and local chapters)

    • CLA / CASLIS

    • ALA / ACRL / LITA / LAMA

    • Provincial associations (e.g. APHLA, OLA, BCLA)


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • Ways to participate:

    • Choose the association(s) you want to be a part of.

    • Talk to members and officers of the association for guidance and information on opportunities to serve.

    • They will be more than happy to talk to you.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • Ways to participate:

    • Volunteer to serve on a committee or task force.

    • Take the job no one else wants.

    • Volunteer to organize a local event.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • Ways to participate:

    • Write an article for a journal (e.g. JCHLA or JMLA) or newsletter (e.g. local chapter) or other association publication (e.g. Information Outlook).

    • Write book reviews.


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • Ways to participate.

    • Apply to be your association’s web master or journal editor.

    • Run for office – chapter level, national level (CHLA/ABSC), international level (e.g. SLA, MLA).


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Leadership & Professional Associations

  • A Final Word:

    • Taking on a leadership role in a professional association is richly rewarding.

    • You will receive far more from participating than you will put into it.


Case studies
Case Studies

  • Using the case studies in the handout, in small groups discuss how you, as a leader, would deal with each scenario

  • One case per group


Case studies1
Case Studies

  • What did your group decide to do?


Leadership institutes programs
Leadership Institutes & Programs

Library Leadership Institutes

  • Frye Institute

  • ACRL/Harvard Institute

  • Snowbird Institute

  • Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute

  • Synergy: the Illinois Library Leadership Initiative


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Leadership Institutes & Programs

Library Leadership Institutes

  • MPLA Leadership Institute

  • Library Leadership Ohio

  • New Jersey Academy of Library Leadership

  • TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute

  • Wyoming Library Leadership Institute

  • YSLead Massachusetts


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Leadership Institutes & Programs

Library Leadership Institutes

  • Why are there no provincial leadership institutes in Canada?

  • Should there be?

  • How can it be brought about?


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Leadership Institutes & Programs

Non-library Leadership Programs

  • Niagara Institute

  • Programs provided internally in your organization

  • Local universities – especially business schools


Personal action plan
Personal Action Plan

  • Take 10 minutes to write down at least 3 things you are going to do when you get back to work to develop your leadership skills and/or take on a leadership role.

  • Consider the Leadership Qualities checklist and your “needs improvement” categories.

  • Include a brief action plan for each item.


Personal action plan1
Personal Action Plan

  • Would anyone like to share aspects of their personal action plans?


Perceptions of leadership re visited
Perceptions of Leadership Re-Visited

  • Think of all the people identified at the beginning of this workshop as being great leaders (or not).

  • Do you still agree with your original assessments?

  • Why, or why not?


Great leaders2

Oprah

Pierre Trudeau

René Lévesque

Bill & Melinda Gates

Bono

Margaret Thatcher

Tony Blair

Stephen Abram

Adolf Hitler

Nelson Mandela

Michaëlle Jean

Rudy Giuliani

Great Leaders?




Wrap up evaluations
Wrap-up & Evaluations

  • Please complete the course evaluation.

  • We will be happy to discuss your personal action plans by email.


Thank you
THANK YOU!

  • laurie.scott@utoronto.ca

  • dphelan@ryerson.ca

  • wglover@associationsfirst.com