Or you got it or you ain't: the nature of leadership in libraries

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To examine the nature of leadership as a set of skills that can be acquired, vs the argument that they are skills a person either has or has not, and discuss this in relation to the recent focus on leadership in libraries. Argues that an over-emphasis on leadership in the library manager is a potential danger to the collegiality of the profession, and that leadership is such a diversely interpreted term that it leads to a mishmash of ideas and emphases within the wider profession.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-268
Number of pages3
JournalLibrary Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • leadership
  • librarians
  • management activities
  • professional services


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