The Palinet Leadership Network recently posted a new article, Qualities of Successful Managers. Part of the article consists of one of my earlier blog posts, Talking about Management to New Library Professionals. The remainder of the article features additional bloggers and their posts, discussing management and leadership.
This is a timely article, given that graduation is right around the corner and there will soon be a flood of new professionals looking for opportunities and learning experiences. As leaders in the profession, will you choose to help them? Mentor them? We are, after all, responsible for shaping the next generation of librarians.
I am extremely fortunate in my current position. As a relatively new professional, I have outstanding managers. They continue to provide me with opportunities and encourage projects and ideas. As a result, I have become a better manager. I have also seen managers in the opposite extreme – professionals who are published and well-known but lack the desire to encourage and foster an environment for professional development opportunities and ideas. What type of manager (what type of LEADER) are you?