Building Basic Leadership Skills

Monday, 4/30/2018 - Sunday, 5/27/2018

"I found this course to be very interesting and useful. It opened my eyes to ideas I had not thought about in my current position. I plan on using the tools that I have learned and apply them to my daily operations at the library. I am also looking to continue my learning journey and take more risks. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity" - student in Winter 2018 Building Basic Leadership Skills course

Leadership is made up of multiple layers. In fact, in 2016, the Nexus Leading Across Boundaries project released the Layers of Leadership framework.  The framework lays out six layers to consider in order to develop leadership skills and take on an active role as a leader in an organization - local, state, regional, national.  

In this four week e-course participants will begin working on their leadership skils by delving into the first two layers in the framework - Leading Self and Leading Others.  The course will combine

  • Reading
  • Reflection
  • Opportunities to test out the ideas covered with colleagues and community members
  • Small group activities to support participant engagement and gaining of leadership skills.

Those participating in the course will need to spend approximately 3 hours per week on course activities and assignments. Participants will also be required to connect with community members as a part of weekly activities and a final project.

Weekly topics include:

  • Leading onself
  • Cultural humility
  • How to be a leader when not holding a position of power
  • Practicing and learning how to communicate with those outside of your library?
  • Collaboration
  • Networked leadership
  • Facilitation techniques to motivate others
  • Big picture thinking in leadership


Learning Outcomes

Participants in the course will:

  • Identify ways to improve collaborative leadership opportunities internally and externally. 
  • Articulate how cultural humility relates to leadership. 
  • Create 2-3 goals for working on facilitating and leading others through a community leadership project.
  • Begin to identify the group participation challenges and create practical solutions to cultivate different perspectives and balance power within projects and the workplace.

Who Should Attend

  • Library school students
  • Library staff in school or public libraries
  • Library administrators
  • Youth development workers supporting teens


Josie Watanabe is a program manager, learning leader, coach and curriculum developer at the Seattle Public Library. She create learning opportunities using best practices for adult learners. Josie also plans large scale workshops and events as chair of the Seattle Tutoring Coalition.



  • $130 for YALSA members
  • $175 for ALA members
  • $210 for non-ALA members
  • $100 for student members and retired members

How to Register

Registration closed.

Tech Requirements

The course will be hosted on Canvas and will use Zoom for optional asynchronous sessions.

Contact Hours

A certificate of participation will be available for  those who complete the final course project.


Linda W. Braun, YALSA CE Consultant,