10 Lessons in Leadership: Honouring Norman Horrocks with the First Dalhousie National Leadership Award

This afternoon, I had the honour of attending the first annual Dalhousie Horrocks public lecture which was given by Madeleine Lefebvre, Chief Librarian at Ryerson University.

Honouring a great leader in our community, Norman Horrocks, the lecture presented one of our School of Information Management students with the first Dalhousie Horrocks National Leadership Award.

For those of you who knew Norman, I am sure you’ll agree that our lives were enriched by knowing him.  He was an unforgettable individual. While we gathered to celebrate the award in his honour, with the added honour of having his wife, Sandy Horrocks and daughter also in attendance, it was also bittersweet.

During the lecture, Ms. Lefebvre focussed on 10 key areas of leadership or, leadership lessons, that she’s learned over her many years as a library professional.  For those of you who know Ms. Lefebvre, I don’t think you’d argue if I rephrased it by say that she presented a list of top 10 leadership lessons that she has learned over her career as a leader in our profession.

Top 10 Lessons in Leadership

1.    Leadership happens at all levels

2.    Role models – good and bad – are important guides

3.    Luck, serendipity, opportunity – whatever you call it – plays a part

a.    Sometimes you must consider that it is “…not just a time to go but a time to grow”.  An idea Ms. Lefebvre expresses when recognizing a need for change or recognizing new opportunities

b.    Build confidence with the things you are good at

4.    Surround yourself with great people

a.    Stay away from energy drainers/naysayers

b.    Great people can be found everywhere in life, not just in your professional life.

5.    Read, observe, listen, communicate

a.    Any leader today has to deal with change management

b.    Be able to take your professional jargon and translate it for outside fields to understand.  This builds relationships and creates opportunities for communication

6.    Know yourself

a.    Identify your strengths and weaknesses.

b.    Know your value(s)

7.    Trust our instincts

a.    What are the values you believe in?

b.    What is your true North?

c.    Is this an organization you want to be part of?

d.    Discontentment is a trap that can feed on itself.

8.    Be thankful and appreciative of others

a.    Are you aware of the power of your attitude on others?

b.    Collaboration is essential – it works wonders on how you are perceived.

9.    Have passion for what you do.

10.Have fun!

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