Library leadership: Innovative options for designing training programmes to build leadership competencies in the digital age

Ann-Louise de Boer, Theo J.D. Bothma, Johan Olwagen

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Library leaders may not be fully equipped to deal with the demands and rigours of the digital age and its consumers. Theadvent of the internet, search engines and social media require a paradigm shift in the development of these leaders.Whilst much has been written about the required competencies, there seems to be no clear guiding principle on how thedevelopment should take place. The authors propose that the development of library leaders is a process, best illustratedthrough movement through Drotters Leadership Pipeline. The importance of thinking preferences, based on HerrmannsWhole Brain Model, is highlighted and it is shown how these often clog development through this Pipeline. Utilising datafrom the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) assessments of the 120 participants in six of the Centre forAfrican Library Leadership (CALL) development programmes, the authors show how the thinking preferences of theselibrary leaders could enable or detract from their readiness to develop the appropriate competencies in the digital age.Recommendations are made on how best to overcome this to prepare library leaders to deal with the requirements of thedigital age consumer.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7553/78-2-109

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