Leadership Academy

LA_3Peter 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.

Are you looking for the skills that will take you to that next level of leadership? MLA Leadership Academy offers the kind of training not found in library school. Plus you will develop a cohort of colleagues that you can call on and count on for support as you navigate your way throughout your career. Nine topics presented over five days cover everything from leadership fundamentals to successfully managing the politics inherent in every library position.

Browse the topics offered during Leadership Academy 2016, and watch for information on Leadership Academy 2018 coming soon!


Leadership Fundamentals: Communicate Effectively
In order to effectively communication with others, we must first understand our own style of behavior. Participants will complete a DiSC® Workplace Profile prior to the start of Leadership Academy, the results of which will be explained and explored in this first session. Learn new strategies for creating and building positive relationships and communicating more effectively, then pull it all together into an action plan you can implement in your library.


Leadership Fundamentals:  Coach and Build Your Bench Strength
The role of a supervisor is more than just assigning duties. True leaders take responsibility for the development of their team. Assessing talent, delegating responsibly, improving performance through coaching and motivation, follow-up and providing useful feedback are all part of the process. These aspects and more will be examined through case studies and fleshed out through discussion to pinpoint an action plan to put your team on a winning path.
Presenter: Cindy Jeanguenat, Michigan Business Consultants Training and Development

Finance and Budgeting for Libraries
Comprehensive budgeting, sound financial management and reporting are cornerstones of a healthy bottom line.  Responsible and transparent fiscal management means knowing how to develop a budget but also how to manage and update it.  With this session you will increase your financial awareness from the professionals and receive feedback from a library professional on implementing these tools in the real world.
Presenter: Marie Stiegel, Plante Moran; Richard Schneider, Muskegon Area District Library

Moving Your Board to Become Efficient, Effective and Strategic
Research shows that high performing boards require a staff who can effectively support a strategic board. This workshop will offer tips to assist your board in becoming more efficient, effective and strategic.  The session of Leadership Academy will cover effective agenda planning, time and meeting management, tips on keeping the board focused on the agenda, and effective facilitation tips.  The agenda will be supplemented by participant-identified challenges.
Presenter: Susan Radwan, Leading Edge Mentoring

Library Legislation and Advocacy
Understanding basic advocacy and how to and when to contact your elected official is critical in promoting your library.  Being effective in this kind of politics can often mean the difference between success and failure.  Learn firsthand what is happening in Lansing and how you can make a difference.
Presenters: Gary Owens, Governmental Consultant Services Inc. (GCSI); Gail Madziar, Michigan Library Association

Managing Your Library's Media Image
As a library leader, you will likely encounter opportunities to mold your library’s image in the media when you only have a minute to react to a news incident. This session will describe how to talk journalists’ language, anticipate their needs and reach out to new mediums. Learn how to manage social media, get free coverage, create a photo policy and develop an emergency communication plan.
Presenter: Kristine Pioch, Willard Library

Emotional Intelligence
The ability to express and control our own emotions is important, but so is our ability to understand, interpret, and respond to the emotions of others. Imagine a world where you couldn’t understand when a friend was feeling sad or when a co-worker was angry. Psychologists refer to this ability as emotional intelligence and some experts even suggest that it can be more important than IQ. Learn more about exactly what emotional intelligence is, how it works and how it is measured.
Presenter: Allison McClintick, FlightLead Consulting

Building Strong Teams
Everyone is familiar with the acronym TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More. But how do effective leaders pull it all together to build strong teams and optimize productivity? This session will focus on motivating and engaging employees, building trust, building commitment and identifying the next steps to ensure your staff is working together in support of your common goals.
Presenter: Cindy Jeanguenat, Michigan Business Consultants Training and Development

Career Path Training
In the workplace of today, change seems the only constant and there is an ever increasing requirement to be resilient and utilize the most effective ways of working. Identifying the skills you need for success can be half the battle. Find out what it takes to be the best in the library community from those who have lived through the ever changing playing field. Real life career path examples and advice will be discussed during this session.
Presenter: Dr. Michael Balsamo, Macomb Community College

Leadership Academy Breakfast is the culmination of the 2016 MLA Leadership Academy and honors the current students for successfully completing the program. Graduates are then invited to stay and enjoy one full day of MLA 2016 Annual Conference.