A Tool for Academic Libraries to Prioritize Leadership Competencies

Gabrielle K. W. Wong

Abstract

As part of a research project, the author conducted a survey about Hong Kong academic librarians’ perception on leadership capabilities. The survey made use of the Leadership Competencies Model developed for LLAMA. The results draws attention to a subset of competencies, and exposes perceptual differences between librarians at different leadership levels. By visualizing the data in a quadrant view, creating a leadership competency profile, the method can shed lights on significant areas in leadership capabilities, and trigger discussion among librarians on their undewrstanding and assumptions about these attributes. The survey demonstrated a method that can be experimented by libraries and consortia beyond the Hong Kong sample. Such effort should eventually lead to constructive development strategies.

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