Leadership in Action

Patricia Iannuzzi’s talk during breakfast was both inspirational and practical. The speaker presented the idea that library managers function as choreographers that piece individual performances together to create patterns. The four areas discussed were Self-Awareness, Learning from the Good, Bad, and Ugly, Leadership Characteristics/Behaviors, and Positional Power. One statement that stuck with me was the idea that managers need to go beyond talking about, publishing about, and discussing management issues, and need to model leadership. The questions in the Q & A, as well as the responses to the questions, were great. The video clip of an Alvin Ailey dance performance at the end reminded me of Augusto Boal‘s work on the use of movement and sound to discuss collaboration, consensus building, and power within an organization or community.