Purpose – To examine the nature of leadership as a set of skills that can be acquired, vs the argument that they are skills a person either has or has not, and discuss this in relation to the recent focus on leadership in libraries. Design/methodology/approach – The article is a reflective opinion. Findings – Argues that an over‐emphasis on leadership in the library manager is a potential danger to the collegiality of the profession, and that leadership is such a diversely interpreted term that it leads to a mishmash of ideas and emphases within the wider profession. Practical implications – Relates to a topic much debated and discussed in recent years within the library profession. Originality/value – The article takes a reflective and critical stance towards the discourse around leadership.
Library Review – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 18, 2008
Keywords: Leadership; Management activities; Librarians; Professional services