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ELISABETH LEONARD, MSLS, MBA ASSOCIATE DEAN OF LIBRARY SERVICES WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY Becoming a leader in the eyes ...
IT’S A LITTLE BIT ME… <ul><li>It’s  a lot about you </li></ul>
FIND A MENTOR,  BE A MENTOR <ul><li>Internal or external? </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe get several! </li></ul>
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A LEADER <ul><li>Differs by institution </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not supposed to mean managing </li>...
WHO ARE YOU?
WHAT ARE YOUR UNIQUE SKILLS <ul><li>Dynamic, forward-thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Able to work in a rapidly-changing environ...
YOUR POTENTIAL IMPACT <ul><li>Evaluate returns on investment for resource expenditures  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>informs reso...
SIMPLY PUT: SOLVE PROBLEMS <ul><li>If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right. </li></ul><ul>...
GETTING THE SUPPORT YOU NEED
WHAT DOES YOUR MANAGER KNOW ABOUT YOU <ul><li>What are your goals? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you want to manage? </li></ul><ul>...
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR MANAGER <ul><li>What are her goals? </li></ul><ul><li>How is she evaluated? </li></ul><ul><li>...
TELL ME WHO YOU ARE  ....and make your job what you need it to be. I’ll help. That’s the difference between leadership and...
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Becoming a leader, to the eyes of your manager

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Becoming a leader, to the eyes of your manager

  1. 1. ELISABETH LEONARD, MSLS, MBA ASSOCIATE DEAN OF LIBRARY SERVICES WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY Becoming a leader in the eyes of your manager
  2. 2. IT’S A LITTLE BIT ME… <ul><li>It’s a lot about you </li></ul>
  3. 3. FIND A MENTOR, BE A MENTOR <ul><li>Internal or external? </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe get several! </li></ul>
  4. 4. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A LEADER <ul><li>Differs by institution </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not supposed to mean managing </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;… persons who, by word and/or personal example, markedly influence the behaviors, thoughts and/or feelings of a significant number of their fellow human beings. ” --Howard Gardner </li></ul>The difference between a boss and a leader is that a boss says, ‘Go!’ while a leader says, ‘Let’s go!’” E. M. Kelly
  5. 5. WHO ARE YOU?
  6. 6. WHAT ARE YOUR UNIQUE SKILLS <ul><li>Dynamic, forward-thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Able to work in a rapidly-changing environment </li></ul><ul><li>Analytical </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship building </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative </li></ul>An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it. William Bernbach
  7. 7. YOUR POTENTIAL IMPACT <ul><li>Evaluate returns on investment for resource expenditures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>informs resource allocation decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plan for and manage alternative means of materials selection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>can change a collection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recommend and implement process improvements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>can change your daily life </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recommend and implement product and/or service improvements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>can change the daily lives of your patrons </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leadership responsibility for monitoring trends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>can change the daily lives of your patrons </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. SIMPLY PUT: SOLVE PROBLEMS <ul><li>If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right. </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Kay Ash </li></ul><ul><li>It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises—but only performance is reality. </li></ul><ul><li>Harold S Geneen </li></ul>
  9. 9. GETTING THE SUPPORT YOU NEED
  10. 10. WHAT DOES YOUR MANAGER KNOW ABOUT YOU <ul><li>What are your goals? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you want to manage? </li></ul><ul><li>What does leadership mean to you? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your unique skills? </li></ul><ul><li>What are you passionate about? </li></ul>The difference between a boss and a leader is that a boss says, ‘Go!’ while a leader says, ‘Let’s go!’” E. M. Kelly
  11. 11. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR MANAGER <ul><li>What are her goals? </li></ul><ul><li>How is she evaluated? </li></ul><ul><li>What is her management style? </li></ul><ul><li>Is she a leader? </li></ul><ul><li>Is she looking for a leader? </li></ul><ul><li>What is she passionate about? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you really talk? </li></ul><ul><li>How often are you listening to her language? </li></ul>No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. Andrew Carnegie
  12. 12. TELL ME WHO YOU ARE ....and make your job what you need it to be. I’ll help. That’s the difference between leadership and management. I don't think anybody yet has invented a pastime that's as much fun, or keeps you as young, as a good job. Frederick Hudson Ecker

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