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LEADERSHIP IN A SCHOOL LIBRARY (503 words)
There are, of course, many and varied types of leaders; military, sporting, business, political, school and even lead musicians. Although the field seems large it can be narrowed by placing them all under the one umbrella as is often done for instance Sun Tzu’s famous book of military advice has been bastardised in any number of ways to suit the purpose of managers in any number of roles from generals to tennis coaches. Lao-Tzu’s concepts have been turned into The Tao of Pooh (Hoff, 1983) and we are yet to touch upon the work of salesmen such as Tony Robbins.
As noted in Module 1 “Leadership in the context of a teacher librarian in any school will draw upon business leadership theory as well as our understanding of learning in an ever changing educational environment.”
There is certainly a wide breadth of literature about leadership. The idea of implementing a leadership style from business, particularly in a public school library context, does not sit well with me. As a teacher librarian in the NSW public sector. I feel that there should be an intrinsic difference between leadership styles present in business and government departments. It is true that money guides and underlies decision making in public schools, however, I disagree that this should dictate that a leadership style should be based on styles developed in the realm of corporate business. The moral and social values that have been present in modern educational objectives defy the bottom line and the drive behind much that business leadership represents. Particularly as a teacher librarian (a teacher in the centre of the school), leadership from the middle, collaborative leadership and leadership guided by (for lack of a better word) moral imperatives (or community building), should be the driving force.
I found most of the business literature to be leadership by numbers, 3 Habits of Happiness (Sharma, 2011), Four principles for the open world (Tapscott, 2013), How to build a winning team – 5 best team building practices (Sharma, 2011), The Power of Six Sigma (Chowdhury, 2001), Seven Tips for Shifting a Mindset in Your Organization (Butman, 2013), The Eight-Minute Test That Can Reveal Your Effectiveness as a Leader (Zenger & Folkman, 2013), 11 obsessions of remarkable entrepreneurs (Sharma, 2011), Twelve things successful people do (James, 2013). OK so I left out a few, but there out there!
And then there are the sites sourced from Diigo about how business models have been applied to religious contexts… Scoopit Leadership article by Carey. Ron Edmondson “Helping Gods kingdom grow” by planting churches. Another off-putting use of language.
Even NSW DET have had trouble in constructing a guide map, their SLCF is at best a general guide to self-diagnosis. Again, full of Jargon that may or may not, help or hinder the school leader.
I began this course thinking about some of the leaders I know of, Kevin Rudd, Steve Waugh, Napoleon Bonaparte. And now I wonder if Mal Meninga has read any of these texts?
Butman, J. (August 12th 2013). Seven Tips for Shifting a Mindset in Your Organization. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved on 19th August 2013 from http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/08/how_to_shift_a_mindset_in_your.html
Chowdhury, S. (2001). The Power of Six Sigma. Kaplan Publishing.
Covey, S. (1990). The 7 habits of highly effective people, Powerful lessons in personal change. Simon & Schuster, New York.
Hoff, B. (1983). The Tao of Pooh. Penguin Putnam Inc: New York, NY/US.
James, G. (1st August 2013). Twelve things successful people do. News.com.au. Retrieved on 19th August 2013 from http://www.news.com.au/business/worklife/twelve-things-successful-people-do/story-e6frfm9r-1226689275187
Nieuwhof, C. (2013). Beyond Thank You: 5 Keys to Attracting and Keeping Great People Retrieved on 19th August 2013 from http://careynieuwhof.com/2013/02/beyond-thank-you-5-keys-to-attracting-and-keeping-great-people/
Sharma, R. (20th April 2011). 3 Habits of Happiness. YouTube. Retrieved on 19th August 2013 from.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C54uMA0V4Oo
Sharma, R. (20th April 2011). 11 obsessions of remarkable entrepreneurs. YouTube. Retrieved on 19th August 2013 from.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C54uMA0V4Oo
Sharma, R. (20th April 2011). How to build a winning team – 5 best team building practices. YouTube. Retrieved on 19th August 2013 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckEOQKmZPlI&feature=player_embedded
Tapscott, D. (2012) Don Tapscott: Four principles for the open world. TEDglobal, retrieved on 19th of August 2013. http://www.ted.com/talks/don_tapscott_four_principles_for_the_open_world_1.html
Zenger, J. and Folkman, J. (12th August 2013). The Eight-Minute Test That Can Reveal Your Effectiveness as a Leader. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved on 19th August 2013 from http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/08/how_effective_a_leader_are_you.html