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Linking Our Libraries

Join us! Hear from library experts, work on your leadership skills, and be more effective in your organization!

Oct 11, 2018

Joining us this week is Valerie Horton, director of Minitex!

Check out our full show notes page here!

Vision can mean different things to different people. But nearly every study of leadership skills and competencies agree that this is one of the most important leaders can develop. For our purposes, vision means looking at the future and see where the library can go; articulating directions to others.

Of course, if we all had crystal balls and perfect views of the future, this would be so easy! “Let’s do this! Let’s try that! Oops! Money will be short next year; let’s start on some grants now!”

Sadly, few of us will have those skills. We have never yet met a leader who always knew what was going to happen in the future, and could also make perfect predictions. (Check out our episode on planning for other ideas!)

But vision is bigger than that. Vision means that you look at the present, you understand the past, and you think about where you want to go in the future. It is a deceptively complex skill, because you cannot ever know you are doing exactly the right thing –but if you do not have vision, you and your library go nowhere.