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Leadership

Feb 2008 | 248pp

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9781856046091
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Leadership
The challenge for the information profession

Sue Roberts and Jennifer Rowley

Effective leadership is key to the future of information services and professional practice, as demands on leaders within the sector are greater than ever before. Leadership skills are required at all levels of the profession, from the top, through to professional staff called upon to lead a team or to take a supervisory role. To meet these challenges, individuals must develop their leadership capacity.

This book invites information professionals across the sector and at different stages in their career to reflect on and engage with the development of their leadership role and contribution. Using theoretical concepts and models, coupled with practical tools, this book encourages readers to think about their own leadership and the leadership provided by others around them as the basis for continuing improvement in management and professional practice.

No other book offers such a comprehensive and topical perspective on leadership in the context of the information services and the wider information industry. Contents include:

  • challenges in leadership
  • knowing yourself as a leader
  • leadership in context
  • promoting change, innovation and creativity
  • leading people
  • setting direction and strategy
  • leadership development
  • influential leadership.  

A range of features, including learning objectives, chapter summaries, review questions, case cameos and recommendations for further reading, encourages and facilitates engagement and reflection. 

Readership: This book is a must-have for information professionals and aspiring leaders seeking to understand leadership and to develop their own leadership practice, as well as the leadership potential in others. It is also a valuable professional education text.

1. Context and challenges in leadership

  • Learning objectives 
  • Introduction 
  • Why leadership? 
  • The relationship between leadership and management 
  • Conceptions of 21st-century leadership 
  • Leadership and change 
  • Leadership in library and information services 
  • The challenges for leadership in information services 
  • Self-leadership and management 
  • The philosophy of this book 
  • Summary and conclusions 
  • Review questions 
  • Challenges 
  • Case study interview 
  • References and additional reading   

2. Knowing yourself as a leader

  • Learning objectives 
  • Introduction 
  • Personality and leadership 
  • Leadership traits 
  • Leadership styles 
  • Communication and impression management 
  • Emotional intelligence 
  • Does gender matter? 
  • Summary and conclusions 
  • Review questions 
  • Challenges 
  • Case study interview 
  • References and additional reading   

3. Leadership in context

  • Learning objectives 
  • Introduction 
  • Context and contingency theories of leadership
  • Transformational and transactional leadership 
  • Leadership practice and experience 
  • Summary and conclusions 
  • Review questions 
  • Challenges 
  • Case study interview 
  • References and additional reading   

4. Change and innovation

  • Learning objectives 
  • Introduction 
  • Change and its processes 
  • People and change 
  • Change leadership 
  • Change agents 
  • Innovation, not change
  • Summary and conclusions
  • Review questions 
  • Challenges
  • Case study interview 
  • References and additional reading   

5. Leading people

  • Learning 
  • Introduction 
  • The challenge of leading people 
  • Relationship building 
  • Understanding and leading individuals 
  • Motivation and morale 
  • Coaching, mentoring and facilitating 
  • Creating and leading teams 
  • Case study 
  • Followership and servantship 
  • A leader’s ultimate goal? 
  • Summary and conclusions 
  • Review questions 
  • Challenges 
  • Case study interview 
  • References and additional reading  

6. Setting direction and strategy

  • Learning objectives 
  • Introduction 
  • Strategy and leadership 
  • Strategic focus and direction 
  • Shaping values and cultures 
  • Leading corporate reputation 
  • Summary and conclusions 
  • Review questions 
  • Challenges 
  • Case study interview 
  • References and additional reading   

7. Leadership development

  • Learning objectives 
  • Introduction 
  • Why leadership development? 
  • Understanding how we learn: multiple intelligences and learning styles 
  • Models and theories of leadership development 
  • Leadership development programmes and institutes for LIS professionals
  • Leadership development for yourself 
  • Leadership development for others 
  • Towards a learning organization 
  • Summary and conclusions 
  • Review questions
  • Challenges 
  • Case study interview 
  • References and additional reading    

8. Influential leadership

  • Learning objectives
  • Introduction 
  • Leadership and influence 
  • The information professional’s value beyond the library 
  • Working with politics and power 
  • Case studies 
  • The leading organization
  • Summary and conclusions 
  • Review questions 
  • Challenges 
  • References and additional reading

"As a reference source for continuing professional development, this book is invaluable...This book should be highly recommended to graduates in non-professional posts, degree-level students, and library trainees desiring a springboard upon which to embark their leadership adventure."
- HEA-ICS

"...highly recommended"
- Journal of Documentation

"This is a really impressive addition to the literature on this important and topical issue…it wouldn't surprise me if it become the leading text on the subject."
- Update

"Overall the book provides an excellent literature review of leadership, offering a good mixture of general and specifically information services related resources. It is an excellent starting point for new ambitious entrants to the profession and for students, but could also offer a thought provoking refresher to more experienced professionals thinking of developing their leadership qualities."
- Legal Information Management

Sue Roberts BA (Hons) DipLib MA MCLIP is University Librarian at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Jennifer Rowley BA MSc MSc PhD FCLIP CEng MCMI MBCS is Professor of Information and Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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