Even though I only attended one day of the ALA Midwinter 2010 meeting, I feel like my mind was blown. On Friday, I took part in the Emerging Leaders 2010 program. I am very excited to be part of the program and I cannot wait to get started on my group project (woo hoo Group J!)
This one line sums it up for me:
“Leaders do not provide energy, they release it from others”
I got this quote (not sure if it is a direct quote and I can’t remember who it exactly came from) from my Emerging Leaders session. It kicked my ass. To me, this line represents a whole shift in thinking for me. I had always thought one way about leadership (it was YOUR vision and YOU provide it and OTHERS help you see that). Boy was I wrong. It’s never about YOU. When you’re a leader, you inspire others. You help them realize their full potential. It has nothing to do with you.
I want to thank Connie Paul, Maureen Sullivan, and Peter Bromberg for running an excellent Emerging Leaders program. I now feel confident to go about my task and be the best librarian I can be.