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Transformational Leadership and the New Academic Library

Transformational Leadership and the New Academic Library



Presentation at 2008 IACRL Conference.

Presentation at 2008 IACRL Conference.



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    Transformational Leadership and the New Academic Library Transformational Leadership and the New Academic Library Presentation Transcript

    • Transformational Leadership and the New Academic Library Jenny Emanuel Digital Services & Reference Librarian University of Illinois - Champaign Urbana
    • Outline
      • About Me
      • Leadership Theory
      • Transformational Leadership
      • Application to Libraries
      • New Generation of Librarians
      • Conclusion
    • Leadership Theories - Transactional
      • Characteristics:
        • Leader directive and demanding
        • Accepting of existing goals, structure, culture
        • Rewards based on performance
        • Punishment for not following directions
        • “ Follow directions in order to get a raise”
      • How is this shown in libraries today?
      • Ineffective of bringing change
    • Leadership Theories - Charismatic
      • Characteristics:
        • Assumes charisma is an attributional phenomenon
        • Leader vision not with status quo
        • Emotional appeals instead of authority
        • Leader confident of actions--may create delusions of infallibility
        • Dependence on leader limits successors, leading to eventual leadership crisis
        • Risk alienation of followers
      • Conger & Ranugo (1987)
    • Transformational Leadership
      • Basics:
        • Idealized influence
        • Individualized consideration
        • Inspirational motivation
        • Intellectual simulation
      • First defined by Burns (1978)
    • Transformational Leadership
      • Traits:
        • Make followers aware of importance of task outcomes
        • Induce followers to part with own self interests for organization
        • Appeal to follower higher order needs
    • Transformational Leadership
      • Guidelines:
        • Articulate clear and appealing vision
        • Explain how vision can be accomplished
        • Be (or at least act) confident and optimistic
        • Express confidence in followers
        • Use dramatic & symbolic actions to emphasize values
        • Lead by example
    • Application to Libraries
      • Motivate all employees, not just librarians
      • Come up with a vision and be confident for success
      • Relate organizational values to personal beliefs
      • Leadership can be contagious!
    • Next Gen Librarians
      • Characteristics
        • Transparent - share everything
        • Not hierarchical
        • Appeal to emotional needs
        • Want to be leaders in own right
      • Importance of leadership over management
        • Dislike of being managed
    • Conclusion
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