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PNLA 2019 Conference

Centennial Hotel - Spokane, Washington

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Session C (Thursday) [clear filter]
Thursday, August 8

2:30pm PDT

Followership – Using Individual Influence to Positively Impact Your Library
You don’t have to be the boss to impact your organization. The truth is our actions as followers can have a significant effect on our careers, colleagues, organizations, and definitely our leaders. This is often a surprise to many since our culture celebrates and promotes leadership as the primary component for positive change. When we do consider those who are following our leaders, our focus is usually on teams and group dynamics, not on the experience of the individual. This workshop will explore the concept of followership and how it can benefit our libraries. We’ll discuss why we should care about the individual follower, how a single person with limited authority can have a truly positive and organization-wide impact, whether or not it is possible to develop specific traits and skills to maximize our contributions as followers, and how can we support our leaders while remaining true to our personal values. Finally, we’ll evaluate our own performance as followers and strategize ways to improve our abilities in this area. 

Participants in this workshop will:
- Become familiar with the concept of followership and the connection it has to organizational health.
- Recognize the ethical challenges followers face
- Identify followership skills and strategies for developing these abilities


Michelle Armstrong

Associate Dean, Boise State University

Thursday August 8, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm PDT
Riverfront Ballroom A

2:30pm PDT

So You've Become a Leader at YOUR Library
As individuals grow to become leaders, we are often not taught how to think about leadership, what aspects should be focused on first once we become leaders, or how to plan for our new leadership role. This presentation addresses these things and more. As everyone is a leader in some capacity, all are invited to attend.   

1. Participants will learn how to work with Boards, internal and external partners, and community organizations in their new leadership role.
2. Participants will garner a basic understanding of different leadership styles.
3. Participants will explore how the tenets of financial literacy play a role within leadership.  


Gavin Woltjerg

Library Director, Billings Public Library

Thursday August 8, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm PDT
Riverfront Ballroom B

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