“How you are valued is more important than you are valuable.”--Hilda Weisberg, co-author of Being Indispensable: A School Librarian's Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader, Chicago, ALA, 2011.

Personal Leadership Note sheet (Based on the APPR11 rubric which is on the "Assessment" page of this wiki)

Personal Leadership Strategic Plan Template

(adapted from Hilda Weisburg and Ruth Toor, Being Indispensable: A School Librarian's Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader,
Chicago: ALA, 2011, p. 37.

All libraries of all types:

  • Belong to a larger host organization

  • Get all their funding and resources from a larger host organization

  • Their funding and resources are based on their value to the larger host organization, AND

  • That value is determined by the host organization, not the library…

The larger host organization will not know your value if you do not consciously and deliberately market what you do. You MUST find the time. Know what your stakeholders need and want and give it to them before they ask.

from Hilda Weisberg, co-author of Being Indispensable: A School Librarian's Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader.

Your PERSONALITY is as important as your experience and knowledge.

ALWAYS focus on building and maintaining relationships is key.

You MUST get along with everyone.

Be aware of how you are PERCEIVED

http://www.truecolorstest.com/Essential Colors test Adapted from a team-building exercise by Karen Cross, Director of Leadership Service, Michigan Association of School Boards

Thrive on challenge, competition and goal achievementDesire to get it done and move onPush the envelope to get resultsConsider people, make the mundane fun, BUT

Entertaining but may be flippantReact rather than planFocus on short term resultsBored easily, can hurt feelingsLove to brainstorm, find details tedious

Motivated by connection and personal relationshipsFuture oriented and optimisticEmpathetic and inclusiveEnjoy camaraderie of a teamStrong network, champion people and causes, BUTOptimistic but unrealistic about challengesAvoid conflictPut off “hard decisions”Lose focus if there are a lot of detailsNeed to be likedHold grudges in defense of their values

Like a job well doneImplement consistent proceduresEconomical with resourceExcellent planners, good with detailEnforce policies Break projects into manageable goals, BUTCan lose big picture when working on detailsMay become authoritativeWaste time over-planningImpatient with delays Upset when rules are not followed or deadlines not met

Seek intellectually interesting workCritical thinkersGather data to planPragmaticSatisfied by a job well done, BUTMay underestimate how long a task might takeMore interested in ideas and strategies than detailsMay overanalyze Like their own ideas unless thoroughly convincedImpatient when others socialize instead of problem-solving

"Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it."

Theodore Roosevelt

Share your goals for personal leadership:

Have plan and expectation in place for first day of school with new flexible laptops/wireless and plan for ebooks by oct 1

To develop essential questions for all my Common Core-based curriculum maps by Sept. 15th and use them as pre and post assessments this year. (Sara Lissa Paulson, Region 2)

Use TRAILS quarterly as a formative assessment to determine students’ strengths and weaknesses regarding Information Literacy Skills (Kimberly Bramfeld, Region 1).