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Intentional Leadership at All Levels: Takeaways from the ALA Leadership Institute


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Presentation for library staff at the University of Arizona on September 10th, 2014. Based upon the ALA Leadership Institute held in Itasca, Illinois in August.

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Intentional Leadership at All Levels: Takeaways from the ALA Leadership Institute

  1. 1. Intentional Leadership at All Levels Rebecca Blakiston September 10th, 2014
  2. 2. ALA Leadership Institute 2014
  3. 3. August 11-14th Eaglewood Resort & Spa Itasca, Illinois
  4. 4. Kathryn Deiss Content Strategist at ACRL
  5. 5. Maureen Sullivan Organizational Development Consultant
  6. 6. Leadership and Self So, you think you can lead?
  7. 7. Strengths of a leader • Is trustworthy • Puts trust in others • Gives other opportunities • Recognizes others • Is humble • Is self-aware • Is always learning • Is always teaching • Has fun! • Listens well • Addresses problems • Motivates/supports staff • Has vision • Demonstrates values • Practices what s/he preaches • Keeps an open mind • Is genuine • Is compassionate
  8. 8. 6 Keys to Leading Positive Change Rosabeth Kanter 1. Show up 2. Speak up 3. Look up 4. Team up 5. Don’t give up 6. Lift others up
  9. 9. Costs and benefits of leadership Costs Benefits • Higher expectations • Need to make tough decisions decisions • Demands on time • Distance from your peers • Mental energy drained • Exhausting! • You have a hand on the steering wheel • Have a say in making things things happen • More autonomy/freedom • Can fix big problems • Can build something new • See the big picture and impact of your work
  10. 10. But, only 1/3 of the time are leaders correct about how others see them.
  11. 11. Multi source assessment for identifying areas of strength & areas of development
  12. 12. Adaptive leadership
  13. 13. Creating a culture of courageous conversations
  14. 14. Emotional and social intelligence Self-Awareness Social Awareness Self-Management Relationship Management
  15. 15. Self-control
  16. 16. Leadership and Others Building a climate of trust, respect, and growth
  17. 17. Ladder of inferenc e
  18. 18. Focusing on intention
  19. 19. Negative assumptions are a barometer of trust
  20. 20. Effective communication leads to trust
  21. 21. Left hand column (LHC) Thoughts and Feelings Actual Conversation I was just trying to be friendly, didn’t ask for your whole life story. Did Bill go out drinking last night or something? That’s unprofessional. Why doesn’t Bill like me? Was it that email I sent yesterday? Me: Good morning, how are you, Bill? Bill: Fine, still waking up, need my coffee. Me: Ok I’ll leave you alone then.
  22. 22. Access your blind spots
  23. 23. Practice humble inquiry
  24. 24. Listen strategically eo
  25. 25. Facilitate skillful discussions
  26. 26. The Future Strategy, innovation, and change
  27. 27. Encourage innovative thinking
  28. 28. Innovative thinking in action: designing a shopping cart cM
  29. 29. Anticipate Needed Change
  30. 30. Fail early to succeed faster “Visible mistakes are a sing that we are a healthy organization.” - redgate
  31. 31. Beware of mental models
  32. 32. Celebrate
  33. 33. Keep learning • True North by Bill George and Peter Sims • Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman • Overcoming Organizational Defenses by Chris Argyris • Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arginger Institute • Humble Inquiry by Edgar Schein • Becoming a Strategic Leader by Richard Hughes and Katherine Beatty • The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen • The Working Leader by Leonard Sayles