Leadership Theory Committee

Community of Practice: Management & Leadership

Charge: To engage interested individuals in discovery, discussion, engagement, shaping, and application of leadership theory in libraries.


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Our Work


  • One Discussion Group a year at Annual
  • Propose yearly webinar or presentation at Annual
    • This can be supported by collaboration with the other committees including but not limited to: Practical and Applied Management and Middle Managers
  • Curate online resource on leadership theory
    • Hit across the different areas of libraries and make sure we aren’t missing any of the areas
    • Topic Ideas:
      • Distinctions/overlap between management and leadership
      • How to avoid burnout?
      • Issues with “prima donnas”
      • Going beyond buzzwords in leadership
      • Leading from the middle of an organization
      • Emotional/Social Intelligence in Leadership
      • Coaching/Mentoring in all directions (peers, up, down)
      • Resonant leadership

Expected Time Commitment:

  • Meet quarterly on focused topics of new trends in leadership, management, and theory
    • This is where the development of the topics (prompts) for the discussion groups will begin
  • Minimum of 3 hours a month to read, research, and respond to any emails that are sent out as well as reading any information that will help develop ideas
  • Members who are unresponsive to emails, conversations, and meetings for 2 Quarters (6 months) will be removed automatically from the committee

Desired skills, knowledge, experience:

  • Some management and/or leadership recommended
  • Strong interest in leadership (no ‘experience’ required)

Staff contact and role:

  • Kerry Ward, kward@ala.org, 800-5454-2433, ext. 5036. Overall management, committee charges/appointments, budget requests, etc.
  • Fred Reuland, freuland@ala.org, 800-545-2433, ext. 5032. Communication support, discussion group scheduling, etc.

Resources available:

  • Support from community leaders
  • Virtual meeting support
  • ALA Connect