Red Flag: Problematic Leadership Behaviors

The 2017, 2019, and 2021 low-morale studies all reveal and/or validate that the behaviors of formal leaders often are central to the onset and/or proliferation of low-morale experiences in modern workplaces. There are particular leadership styles that are more likely to cause or exacerbate workplace abuse and neglect; the following qualitative data highlight tactics ofContinue reading “Red Flag: Problematic Leadership Behaviors”

Report: The Renewal Colloquium for Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (December 2021)

Two weeks ago, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) held their Continuing Education Forum and invited me to lead a  Renewal Colloquium. Just under 50 were in attendance at the event, which was held virtually.  This reports shares some attendee data generated from the event’s pre-work activities, along with some data from theContinue reading “Report: The Renewal Colloquium for Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (December 2021)”

Recorded: Library Leadership Podcast (November 2021)

Library Leadership Podcast host Adriane Juarez recently invited me to discuss my low-morale studies and how they can inform formal library leaders who want to improve their organization’s cultures, as well as some impact factors that may be influencing their own experiences. Listen to the episode.

Book Haul: Leadership

When it comes to the causes of low-morale, leadership is cited as a high quantitative and qualitative trigger. Quantitatively, participants highlight incompetent leaders as the problem; qualitatatively, participants highlight certain leadership styles as the problem. On the other hand, leadership is also a countermeasure for low-morale; those who practice it are more likely to regain aContinue reading “Book Haul: Leadership”

Renewals Reach: supervisor impact on morale

Kennedy and Garewal offer quantitative support to the role of formal leaders – in this case, supervisors – on academic librarian morale. Their objectives include gathering a quantitative foundation for measuring academic librarians’ workplace morale and analyzing variables that intersect with academic librarian morale and what supervisors influence. The study finds links between morale andContinue reading “Renewals Reach: supervisor impact on morale”

Renewals Reach: Soft skills for library leaders

Steven Bell presented at the 2020 Library 2.0 Conference, wherein he discussed his concerns about employee disengagement and leadership problems in libraries. Noting the original 2017 study and the 2019 study, Bell asserts that library leaders must identify, develop, and apply a humane leadership style that supports employees authentically. View the presentation.

Renewals Reach: lived experiences of toxic leadership

Walker and Watkins offer a qualitative study resulting in a model of toxic leadership informed by those who follow toxic leaders. The original study is cited as part of a global concern among those concerned with improving leadership in various workplaces.  Review the article (possible paywall).

Renewals Reach: daring leadership in libraries

At the 2019 Florida Association of College & Research Libraries’ Annual Conference, Kellie Barbato presents the basic and expanded tenets of Brenè Brown’s philosophy of daring leadership, which in part center prioritizing, demonstrating, and modeling values that support courage, vulnerability, and empathy in the workplace. The original low morale study (2017) is shared as aContinue reading “Renewals Reach: daring leadership in libraries”

Interview: Infobase/Credo Reference (April 2020)

Raymond Pun interviewed me about my survey on low morale experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic (see more results here, here, and here). In this short discussion, I share the most concerning emerging data and how I hope the data will be applied in library decision-making as we move through the pandemic (and beyond).  Read theContinue reading “Interview: Infobase/Credo Reference (April 2020)”

From the January 2020 Course: Suggested Resources from Students

This post is the second of a two-part series of items I’m sharing from the third session of my course, “Deconstructing the Low-Morale Experience in Academic Libraries,” which was offered via Library Juice Academy in January 2020. During the course, students shared resources that they have considered or that are helping them change their workContinue reading “From the January 2020 Course: Suggested Resources from Students”