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Leadership: The Challenge for the…

Leadership: The Challenge for the Information Profession

by Sue Roberts, Jennifer Rowley

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While in school I read a textbook on library management and administration. And while it was dry, it offered much more by way of the intricacies of running a library than this one does. However, that is sort of the beauty of Leadership: The Challenge for the Information Profession. It’s concise yet clear, offers a fair amount of anecdotal evidence, and provides some tools for practical applications. Each chapter focuses on an aspect of leadership. There are questions for reflection scattered throughout each chapter, lots of tables and figures that give clarity and break down concepts nicely, and review and challenge questions at the end. Also included in each chapter are case studies – mainly interviews with people in leadership positions. I would have preferred that the case studies were in the form of problems posed within contexts so that I could examine them and pontificate on the best ways to handle them.

Truly, I don’t believe that any book is going to give you an absolute picture of leadership because the concept is so intangible. What’s nice about this book is that the authors acknowledge this gap and go on to explain why approaches to delivering information about leadership are complex due to the complexity of the topic. It’s not just you as a leader, it’s also who is following and what context you are all working in. The part of the book I got the most out of was the emphasis on self-reflection. The authors strive to get the reader to think critically about their own styles of learning and leading. As a textbook, I think it is lacking in some basics that a person new to the profession might appreciate learning, but it works wonderfully as a follow-up or a reading in conjunction with a more comprehensive work.
  Carlie | Jun 5, 2009 |
"Drawing from a wide range of souces, such as traditional management theorists Adair and Maslow, through Tuckman and Jensen’s more recent theory of group formation, to Goleman’s emotional intelligence, this book is eclectic and covers much ground."

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"Effective leadership is key to the future of information services and professional practice, as demands on leaders within the sector are greater than ever before. Leadership skills are required at all levels of the profession, from the top, through to professional staff called upon to lead a team or to take a supervisory role. To meet these challenges, individuals must develop their leadership capacity." "This book invites information professionals across the sector and at different stages in their career to reflect on and engage with the development of their leadership role and contribution. Using theoretical concepts and models, coupled with practical tools, it encourages readers to think about their own leadership and the leadership provided by others around them as the basis for continuing improvement in management and professional practice." "No other book offers such a comprehensive and topical perspective on leadership in the context of information services and the wider information industry. Contents include." "A range of features, including learning objectives, summaries, review questions, challenges, case cameos and recommendations for further reading, encourages and facilitates engagement and reflection." "This book is a must-have for information professionals and aspiring leaders seeking to understand leadership and to develop their own leadership practice, as well as the leadership potential in others. It is also a valuable professional education text."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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