“Leadership has long-since subscribed to the belief that the best way to reward and keep the keepers is to give them other people to keep watch over. It’s just the way the weird world of work works.”
– Jodi Wellman, Forbes Article, What If You Don’t Want To Be A Leader
This past week I presented the first in a three webinar series on Leadership in libraries for the Panhandle Library Access Network. The opening webinar was titled: Leadership – Challenges and Rewards. In the early part of the webinar, I took aim at the idea that everyone can or should be a leader. In fact, leadership has some serious downsides for anyone aspiring it and I listed five downsides of leadership. Here is one for example:
1/ Leaders are Exposed
A leader assumes responsibility for the team’s actions and accomplishments, but there are many factors they have no control over. Often, leaders have to make decisions in the face of limited information. Whether it is bad luck, environmental conditions, mistakes by team members, or just simply running into more talented and eager competition, the leader often gets more of the blame for their decisions than is warranted by the actual circumstances. A leader’s mistakes are often out there for the whole organization to see.
Although it is challenging, leadership does have many upsides. So the webinar also presented six simple steps for those at the start of their leadership journey.
The text for the webinar is available right here at the Efficient Librarian. The recording of the webinar is available on the PLAN web site.
Join myself and Adam Davis, PBCLS Director of System Services, for the second webinar, Leading Diverse Groups and People this Wednesday March 11, 3 pm EST, 2 pm CST. The webinar is free, so go ahead and register today.