Blog Entry – Sunday, July 20, 2014
This semester I will be studying a unit on Leadership. It is probably a really good time to do this as I am now more comfortable in my TL role and willing to step up a notch.
I have been a TL for 18 months now and was appointed as Head of the Library despite having no library knowledge or experience. Furthermore, the ancillary library staff member is a qualified teacher with a wealth of library knowledge but without the confidence to assume a leadership role. So we have made the best of it. I have come in and made some changes to the physical space and started to cull and trim the collection as necessary (and fortunately with guidance from the unit I was studying at the time).
We have just implemented a new Library management system (AccessIt) and a new RFID system for book security so we are managing some big changes to work systems at the moment. We have tagged over 9000 books in the last 2 ½ weeks and we are not even close to finishing yet.
Doing the Module 1 readings has been encouraging as it has encouraged me to look back at the big picture and not get bogged down in the current tedious tasks.
I have completed the task evaluating my leadership style and this was the resulting report:
Your style of leadership is democratic, a.k.a. participative. It is considered as one of the most effective leadership styles in ideal situations. As the name suggests, democratic leaders consider the suggestions and opinions of group members and involve group members in the decision-making process. But they make sure that the final decision is taken by them while being in sync with the majority. This kind of leadership motivates the followers and encourages the group members to participate in the process. It ultimately improves the creativity and productivity of the members. It is one of the ideal leadership styles in an education system.
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/leadership-styles-quiz.html
This is encouraging as I feel we have a great working relationship both within the library and with the staff. However it is good to become aware of the theory so that my work is more deliberate and planned as opposed to instinctive. I look forward to learning more about how to lead our library to greater heights.