Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I'm a (reluctant) leader

I am a leader, but I would have to say that I am the reluctant, silent type. More often than not I am one of those who has leadership thrust upon him. This is not as simple a question as it sounds given that many use leadership and management interchangeably. Those words are not interchangeable. A manager does not have to be a leader (let alone a good one), and many leaders are not managers. I think to be a leader you have to be knowledgeable in your field of endeavor. You have to also be willing to put in hard work, and you have to be willing to lead by example. Do not ask anything of those you hope will follow you if you are not willing to do it yourself. I could go on, but this is just a quick two cents on the topic.

3 comments:

Peter said...

Congratulations. Your blog has been nominated for our Library Blog Awards. In fact, your blog was suggested more than once. We're in the process of assembling information about all those nominated and will be sending a short questionaire, including the categories of awards and the judges involved. Would you please send me your email address so that I can send you the questionaire? If your email is on your blog, I couldn't locate it.

Thanks in advance,
Peter W Tobey
ptobey@salempress.com

campbele said...

This post sure hit home with me!! I took one of those tests and hit high on the charts as a leader but was profiled with many who have this natural talent, but who don't want to lead/manage/be responsible for others.I'm wondering if while this quiz identified talents in me for a leader that perhaps the label was wrong? Perhaps it's not so much that we're leaders as it is we're not followers.
And, kudos on the nomination!

Angel, librarian and educator said...

Campbele: I tend to take online quizzes with a grain of salt. Having said, I have pondered the idea now and then of leadership traits but not wanting to lead, so to speak. Still pondering.

Thanks for stopping by. Best, and keep on blogging.