What it Takes to Become an Informal Leader: Opportunities, Challenges, and Benefits

Join ACRL from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central) on Thursday, February 10 for the Online Learning webcast “What it Takes to Become an Informal Leader: Opportunities, Challenges, and Benefits.”

Managers—or those in other official positions of power—are not the only ones who can, or should, lead; and management and leadership are not one and the same. Once we separate leadership from the trappings of official status, we open up a whole new realm of possibility—an area of work where librarians at any stage or in any role can garner valuable skills and experience, raise their professional profiles, and figure out what is next for them in their career. This is informal leadership. To lead informally can mean many things, it is often temporary or ad hoc, it usually means additional work, it almost never results in more money or prestige, and it typically arises from a desire to get something done, or to produce positive change.

This webcast will define and discuss the elusive nature of informal leadership by focusing on three main concepts: vision, courage, and ability as building blocks for a solid and stable professional platform. Attendees, through guided activities, will be able to identify their own leadership traits, to assist them in seeking out appropriate informal leadership opportunities in a variety of contexts. They will strategize ways to successfully integrate informal leadership responsibilities into their existing roles and explore ways to garner the support of colleagues as they take the lead on new projects and initiatives. Finally, there will be discussion and guidance on ways to overcome challenges and tear down traditional barriers and constructs, and champion the benefits that informal leadership experiences can have on one’s career.

The presenters are Linda Miles, Assistant Professor, Head of Reference and OER Librarian at Hostos Community College – City University of New York, and Susanne Markgren, Assistant Director of Library Operations at Manhattan College.

Learn more on the ACRL website and register today!