Posted by Lori Ayre on June 28, 2012

I wasn't able to attend the Urban Library Council's Annual Forum but I was happy to read the highlights in their newsletters.  ULC reported that political commentator, Donna Brazile, launched the Forum with a rousing call to arms, " This is a moment for libraries to soar and shine...This is a moment when leaders emerge" and then Brazile proceeded to describe key ingredients to effective leadership:

  • Lead with the core values of honesty and integrity.
  • More is caught than taught: people watch and learn from what you do.
  • Inspire a shared vision: without a mental picture of a roadmap, people get confused.
  • Communicate where you're going and how you'll get there.
  • Let go in order to lead well; enable others to act and lead.
  • Lead with an attitude of gratitude and humility.
  • Good leaders collaborate.
  • Inspire others to do their best, and back them up and reward them for doing a good job.

Well said, Donna!  And thanks for sharing this, ULC, for those of us who missed the Forum.  I won't miss it next year!