Leadership is one of the areas I’m focusing on for my CILIP Chartership and as a result I’ve been involved in a number of different activities based on this topic. I thought it would be useful to consolidate them and share some of the key lessons I’ve learnt. These have derived from my involvement in the following activities:

I’ve been keen to read some of the leadership books I’ve read reviews of but not found time to read. A few months ago, some people involved in ALA activities who wanted to do the same decided to set up a library leadership book club. we all voted on the books we wanted to read and the most popular one was How to make meetings work: the new interaction method. We had around a month to read it and then set a date to discuss it via Google Hangout. Read the rest of this entry »

I was invited this year to give a presentation at the CILIP in Wales 2012 conference on leadership. As leadership is one area I’m really keen to develop skills in I was delighted – this enabled me to both share my own progress so far (and hopefully help others plan their leadership journey during my workshop), and also to attend the conference to learn from those more experienced than myself.

My presentation focused on how you can develop leadership skills through professional engagement, particularly through supporting professional organisations. It’s no secret that I’m a keen advocate for professional organisations – my volunteering for them is a reciprocal relationship. I benefit greatly from getting involved in a wide variety of things I wouldn’t ordinarily be able to do within the scope of my day job (thus developing a broader skill set), and the organisations benefit from my input to committees/projects/task forces/working groups. Read the rest of this entry »

As part of a new network I have joined (Future Faces in Birmingham) I was invited to an event this evening on ‘How to network effectively’. As networking is one of my areas of focus for my CILIP Chartership and an important element of my job, I was really keen to attend.

I’m not sure what I was expecting but it was a mixed experience. Some was very common sense, other bits were really useful as they addressed areas I struggle with. The networking afterwards however, well I’m not so sure. I guess I just have to accept that I’m well outside my comfort zone and that corporate networking events are likely to attract a certain type of person.

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