I’ve spent a lot of my time at NEO-RLS learning about leadership. What are the traits of a good leader? How to best develop leaders? Why are some people better at leading than others? I recently read an article entitled, “Finding Your Leadership Pathway: part 1” by Doug Crane, Director, Palm Beach County Library System (ALA Learning Exchange, June 2022)
in which he talks about leadership development as a journey with multiple steps and reiterates the fact that being a leader doesn’t have to mean being a supervisor or administrator. He stresses the importance of knowing your own strengths, weaknesses, and values so you can embark on the aspect of leadership that best suits you. Mr. Crane uses the Nexus Lab: Layers of Leadership Model
with its six different types of leadership (Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading the Department, Leading Multiple Departments, Leading the Organization, Leading the Profession) as a guide. We need leaders in all aspects and at all levels of our libraries and we need to work together to develop our leaders. NEO-RLS’ nine-month Leadership Academy
helps enhance existing leadership skills and build new skills. The Academy begins in the fall and is open to anyone beginning or already on a leadership journey. We invite you to join us. Together we are maximizing library potential.
Have a great rest of your week and a safe, relaxing and fun July 4th