What I learned at ALA Midwinter 2010

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.



  1. Yeah, that quote makes perfect sense Justin. I always do my best work not when I’m directed about exactly what to do, but when I’m given freedom and inspiration. Good leaders release other’s potential. Like Shakespeare’s St. Crispin’s day speech in Richard V, or William Wallace’s speech in Braveheart, leaders rally their troops and lead by example. They don’t just tell people what to do. They do it with them.


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