Check that Ego!

If you pretend someone is not there, if you pretend the awards and honors that someone on your staff receives aren’t worth mentioning, then this reflects upon you. People will notice it and question your awareness. If they see you deliberately refusing to recognize talent, then they will begin to ask, “Why?” The results from this questioning won’t aid in your leadership.

However, if you recognize and embrace your talented staff, if you give them the skills they need to continue improving, then your staff, your organization, and the greater library community will not only recognize those talented people but also respect and honor your organizational efforts.

They’ll notice that you’re sufficiently comfortable as an executive to salute the great talent around you and your willingness to use that talent for the greater good of the entire organization. That is true leadership.

From “Check your Ego at the Door”

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2 thoughts on “Check that Ego!”

  1. I just found this today in the course of my research on self-checkout in libraries. The Richmond (BC) Public Library has a beautiful page where they list fast fact about the library system, but also where they have a massive list of the awards they have won. It’s different than an FAQ; it’s kind of a celebration of what an awesome library they are. Take a look: http://www.yourlibrary.ca/bclafastfacts.cfm

  2. This post has particular resonance with me which I won’t elaborate too much upon. One thing I learned working in an academic library is the politics which can and do intercede in deciding who gets mentioned on the system listserv or various library publications, and who doesn’t.

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