Available Until 8/9/2023

Management and Leadership from the Middle*

For more information on this course, or to schedule, please contact Jana Lawrence at janna-lawrence@uiowa.edu.

Leadership and management skills are important to librarians at all levels.  It may feel impossible to develop these skills if you are not the “boss,” but this class will show how leadership is possible at all levels.  Several theories will be presented and application of these theories will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify leadership opportunities in their current position, based on French and Raven’s 5 Bases of Power
  • Apply Kouzes and Posner’s 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership to their own career
  • Lead positively using Appreciative Inquiry and understand its 5-D Cycle
  • Understand aspects of their own personality that affect their leadership/management style



Class overview

Ice breaker round robin: Who they are, what their current position is, do they directly supervise anyone?

Where do they think they fall on the leadership tree https://slideplayer.com/slide/6181127/



Lecture/powerpoint: Difference between management and leadership (based on Kotter HBR article)

Discussion: what falls into management in your job?  Where is their potential for leadership? (leading without supervising – teams, committees, projects)



Lecture/powerpoint: French and Raven’s 5 Bases of Power, focus on personal power https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_56.htm

Discussion:  Where do they see this in their lives/jobs?



Lecture/powerpoint: Things the affect your leadership skills:  your values, your personality, your institution’s values

Individual exercise (handout):  Choose 10 values from list, group those together into broader categories.

Pair and share; discussion about how these relate to the institutional values.



Lecture/powerpoint: Shared values – Kouzes and Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership


Especially leading by example (Model the Way)

Discussion:  how does this work if you aren’t “the boss”?



Lecture/powerpoint/brief video:  Appreciative Inquiry – leadership through strengths and positivity

4 minute video: https://appreciativeinquiry.champlain.edu/learn/appreciative-inquiry-introduction/

Discussion of AI and the  5-D Cycle

Exercise and discussion: Apply the 5-D Cycle to a project at their library



Lecture/powerpoint: Layers of Leadership Framework across Libraries, Archives, and Museums (Center for Creative Leadership)

Examination of leadership skill development across your career.



Lecture/powerpoint: Personality traits and leadership (Myers Briggs)

Exercise: listing MB types of participants in room (on flipchart or powerpoint)

Small group discussion (based on their type): does their type fit?  How might they use the information about themselves to work with others?



Closing activity – talk about the icebreaker exercise again. Where do they think they are now?

MLA CE Credits: 4