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By Catherine Hakala-Ausperk

To assist library managers increase their talents and acumen, popular speaker and coach Hakala-Ausperk provides a convenient self-study consultant to the dynamic position of being a chairman.

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A great manager figures out who’s the knight, the queen, the pawn. She takes those very different abilities and contributions into the service of the overall plan. She then builds a team out of individuals. To do this, we must learn as much about the individuals we manage as possible. We need to know about their ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ Strengths and weaknesses Skills Temperament Areas of interest Motivators Personal goals Ideas of fun and what they find boring Life stressors Family Time management style Organizational abilities Learning style4 depend are in leadership positions—but not always.

5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Be honest Be consistent Have a sound foundation Be encouraging Support it Get it (pre-)reviewed for clarity Be hopeful, with reason Present it well Allow for (real) feedback Revisit it8 Staff members want and expect and need regular honest, open discussions about what’s expected of them, how they’re doing, and how they can improve. Don’t skip your opportunity to give them that. You’ll be busy. Deadlines for evaluations will come and go. ” It’s up to you. Whether you are a new boss or an experienced one, if you haven’t done so already, set up a calendar, establish deadlines and expectations for your other supervisors to do the same, optimize your forms and systems, and ensure that these valuable development tools are part of your library’s life.

Remember, you’re leading a team here. We already covered avoiding the “Lone Ranger” approach to success. Compare the list you created of intriguing networking organizations with your staff roster and match them up as well. Don’t limit the value of networking professionally to just you—get as much of your staff out there as possible. That way, the impact you all return with will be greater and the library world—at least around your library—will know you and your staff have arrived! List some possible “leader-group” matches below.

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