"Leading from the middle," and other contrarian essays on library leadership /

While liberating management theories are well known to the profession, the traditional command-and-control structure prevails, leaving many libraries as reactive---not proactive---institutions. How can libraries create encouraging workplaces that are collaborative in decision making and action takin...

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Main Author: Lubans, John.
Language: English
Published: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO, c2010.
Series: Beta Phi Mu monograph.
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Format: Printed Book Book Nonfiction
Summary: While liberating management theories are well known to the profession, the traditional command-and-control structure prevails, leaving many libraries as reactive---not proactive---institutions. How can libraries create encouraging workplaces that are collaborative in decision making and action taking, have a clear mission, and are committed to bringing out the best in each person? Argues for democratic library organizations with shared leadership and decision making by leaders and followers. Distills 15 years worth of leadership essays to advance a theory of a collaborative and empowering leadership, touching on such subjects as teamwork, empowerment, "followership," challenges, values, coaching, self-management, collaboration, communication, and techniques and tools. 36 essays draw new perspectives on leadership from disparate realms: travel, sports, music, retail businesses, and airlines. All of the essays have been edited and revised for this book and many have been extensively updated with new material and epilogues. The essays originate from the author's experience as a manager and leader, his teaching of the topic, and his research into and experimentation with organizational leadership. Insights and suggestions are tempered by a candid reflection on successes achieved and mistakes made.--BOOK JACKET.
Physical Description: xix, 298 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-283) and index.
ISBN: 9781598845778 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
1598845772 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
9781598845785 (ebook)
1598845780 (ebook)