Eight keys to success in library land. #14: 2011
What makes one librarian successful and another not so much? I was asked this question a few weeks ago as I was giving a leadership workshop. There are a million reasons for success: environment, personal attitude, opportunity, experience. However, I think there are a few fundamental reasons that really produce success in library land.
There are many keys to success but my list would include, in order of importance:
• Passion for libraries and librarianship is fundamental to success. You have to love what you do. If you are passionate, people notice, and staff respond.
• Teamwork. We can’t do all we do on our own; we need peeps!
• Know where you are headed; have a strong grasp on your mission, your vision, and your values.
• Be open to opportunities. You can’t move forward if you don’t take the next step.
• Focus on actions. They speak much louder than words.
• Listen to your inner voice, your team, your customers, and your community. A good listener makes a successful leader.
• Always take the high road, and give the customer the benefit of the doubt.
• Never underestimate the power of a simple thank you and a smile.
You have to love what you do and love the folks you do it with to be successful. In order to be relevant and prosperous, you need to know where you want to go, but be open to opportunities and taking calculated risks. Instead of putting all your energy into the plan, focus your efforts on the actions that will move the organization ahead. Make the conscious change in workflow and focus, and expect huge dividends. Finally, listen up and smile!
Successful librarians are many, many things, but most of all, I’d say they are happy in their own skin and love what they do!
There you have it: my eight keys to success in library land. The list looks daunting, but I suspect that most Library Directors already know and put into practice these keys to success!
Have a great week.
Kitty Pope #14 May 2011