BC’s InterLINK, a federation of BC’s lower mainland public libraries, has had the foresight to sponsor a demanding, research-based development program for those heading to senior management positions in libraries. Recognizing the importance of leadership competencies and readiness for the library sector, this program has a cross-discipline, break-down-the-silos-in-the-sector focus. Research shows that the most valid and valued leadership development programs have clear goals, rely on a blend of immersive education, intensive coaching for both the candidates and their CEOs, a year-long library system project, and monthly issue challenges. Hear how LLEAD (Library Leadership Excellence and Development) incorporates this research and the progress made by candidates in just one year.
– Know the research base for effective leader development programs
– Understand the importance of goals and assessment for programs
– Recognize accountability in development programs
– Appreciate the critical role of trained mentors and coaches