What’s in Your (Leadership) Toolbox? is a poster in the 2020 PNLA Virtual Poster Session. We encourage you to engage in discussion by leaving a comment on the page. The author of the poster will respond to comments the week of August 4-7, 2020.

Presenter: Pam Henley, Montana State Library

Track: Academic, Public, School, & Special Libraries

Since an in-person, multi-day leadership institute is not possible at this time, PNLA is offering a virtual option: a series of book discussions lead by alumni from various leadership institutes. Each will recommend a favorite leadership book for the group to read, and lead the discussion. Join the group as either leader or participant as we all work to develop new leaders for the association.


What’s In Your (Leadership) Toolbox? by Pam Henley

About the Presenter:
With 20 years of school and public library experience, and 7 years as a statewide consulting librarian, Pam is still improving her leadership skills.


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Julie M. Niederhauser
3 years ago

One of my favorite leadership articles is Rapid Organizational Change through Servant Leadership by Corey S. Halaychik, Library Leadership & Management 28, no. 3 (2014)

“A change in administration at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, created an opportunity for the library to achieve a much-needed shift in culture. The college’s library used the six servant leadership themes for team effectiveness identified by Irving and Longbotham (engaging in honest self-evaluation; communicating with clarity; fostering collaboration; supporting and resourcing; providing accountability; and valuing and appreciating) as a road map for organizational change. By focusing on making changes associated with each of these themes in step-like increments, library staff were able to revitalize and reform services and space to increase usage, expand the library’s physical and virtual footprint, better meet the needs of the campus community and solidify the library as “the place” to receive help on campus.”

3 years ago

I working through Lean Impact by Ann Mei Chang and few others that might be worthwhile to bring to discussion group like this. Let me know how I can help.

Kellian donna Clink
3 years ago

I always think Myles Horton’s The Long Haul is good for leadership work. He trained a lot of the Civil Rights leaders and his philosophy was so respectful. Mostly what he would do is put a lot of people in a room and give them the time and directive to figure out their problem, then the underlying issues, historical context, etc., and then give them the time and the directive to prioritize the issues to be dealt with and the strategies that given the actual situation, would be most productive. Highlander: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highlander_Research_and_Education_Center