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“Or you got it or you ain't”: the nature of leadership in libraries

“Or you got it or you ain't”: the nature of leadership in libraries 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Review Emerald Publishing

“Or you got it or you ain't”: the nature of leadership in libraries

Library Review , Volume 57 (4): 4 – Apr 18, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0024-2535
DOI
10.1108/00242530810868698
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Abstract

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.

Journal

Library ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 18, 2008

Keywords: Leadership; Management activities; Librarians; Professional services

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