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#19 2010, The LBB – The Library Board Bully

Posted in on a + note by kendal0 on June 21, 2010

For quite awhile, I have been thinking about bullying and the devastating effects it has on a library. This is a very sensitive subject, and I consider myself fortunate never to have had to deal with one at Alliance. However, they do exist in library land. For those dealing with a bullying board member, it is very stressful and often a no-win situation.

Bullying is defined as repeated acts that involve a real or perceived imbalance of power with the more powerful individual or group abusing those who are less powerful. Bullying comes in three basic forms – emotional, verbal and physical abuse.

Bullying in the workplace also is referred to as rankism – defined as abuse of the power inherent in rank or position– such as the board/employee relationship and usually involves coercion, control of the flow of information, and manipulation.

To all of the folks who contributed to this blog post on a very tough subject, thanks so much. It takes courage to be a good leader! Kp

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  1. Mary Elizabeth said,

    Thanks Kitty–I would be very intersted in hearing how other directors handled (both successfully and less so) bullying board members.

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