Executive Director's Desk - March 9, 2017

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2018 MLA Leadership Academy Coming Soon

MLA Leadership Academy has been preparing future library leaders for more than a decade. While the program has evolved to better suit the current needs and time constraints of today's librarian, it still sets the bar for leadership development for the library professional in Michigan. You will find graduates of this program at the helm of libraries across the state. Many of them have served as MLA presidents and directors.

If you ask graduates what is one of the most important tools they took away from their leadership academy experience, you'll find they list the cohort of colleagues they worked with throughout the course. They found they could call on and count on that group for support as they navigated their way throughout their career. 

It's important to remember that the title of 'leader' does not come automatically with the role or job description. Leaders are people who, wherever they are in the organization, shape and tell the story of its journey. The Tom Peters quote "Leaders don't create followers - they create more leaders" sums up the importance of learning to lead no matter where you are currently in your library or your career.

By participating in this leadership program, you prepare yourself to assume the responsibility for the future of our libraries as well as for your own career. The skills that will take you to that next level of leadership and the lessons you learn will prepare you to take on the responsibilities of leadership in your own library or at your next position.

Peter Drucker famously stated that "management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." Great leaders possess social intelligence, a zest for change, and above all, vision that allows them to set their sights on the things that truly merit attention. Library directors are constantly managing their individual teams of trustees, staff, volunteers and others. It takes dedicated leadership to turn these groups into one cohesive team with a single vision for their library.

MLA Leadership Academy offers the kind of training not found in library school. Plus you will develop that important network of associates to help you throughout your career. Last session offered nine topics presented over five days covering everything from leadership fundamentals to successfully managing the politics inherent in every library position. The 2018 program promises to cover important territory and help you take charge of your future.

The 2018 dates will be available soon and you can review information from the 2016 program here.  

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