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Purpose Statement: In support of Goal 3 (Develop leaders at all levels), the Leadership Committee raises awareness of leadership development opportunities.

Leadership is a mindset in action: it stems from social influence, not authority or power.  Leadership has nothing to do with titles.  You can be a leader in the workplace, your neighborhood, your family, and/or our organization, all without having a title.


“Being a leader is not about you.  It’s about the people that are on your team and how you can help them be successful.” Susan Vobejda


What can you do to become a good leader?

1.    Learn about and promote participation in the ALA Academy, which was developed as a result of the ALA Centennial Strategic Plan.

2.    Enhance Leaders’ knowledge about ALA history, programs and organization.

3.    Attend Mission training

4.    On the National website under members only, member resources, Leadership, and take the ALA Basics Course and ALA Senior Basics Course.

5.    Encourage the use of ALA reference documents and Materials, such as the Unit Guide Book, Unit, Department, and National Constitution & Bylaws, Department Operations Guide, ALA Girls State Program Guide, and the national website listing or previous annual reports, to include the Centennial Strategic Plan initiatives.

6.    Offer a mentoring program, utilizing the knowledge and experiences of members that have served as leaders beyond the unit level.

7.    Nurture a culture of goodwill at all levels of the organization.


How to be a good leader

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” Eleanor Roosevelt

1 – Be Knowledgeable- it is not necessary to be an expert on everything, but basic knowledge is essential.

2 – Be Passionate- A good leader exhibits excitement: and through demonstrated, unswerving commitment to our vision, instills hope and inspiration to other members.

3 – Listen- If you exhibit a proper attitude in listening, really listening, to your members the potential for identifying new opportunities will emerge.  Instill in yourself, and others, that listening is an opportunity to grow.  In the end, your success as a leader will be predicated upon your ability to listen and understand the viewpoint of others.

4 – Have a positive attitude- Leaders should have an upbeat, optimistic attitude that serves as a source of inspiration for others.  If leaders seem discouraged or apathetic, members are likely to also become uninspired and demotivated.


5 – Lead with Integrity- A good leader must possess unquestionable character and lead with integrity.  Integrity gives you so much as a leader; credibility, trust, confidence, influence and more.


6 – Lead by Example- Who says leadership is a one-way relationship?  As you work toward developing leadership qualities in yourself, don’t forget to look to your fellow members for feedback and inspiration.

7 – Be Confident- Be aware of the way and manner which you present yourself.  Bearing is everything!  Be confident and decisive in your decision making.  Members will pick up on your approach to leadership and find reassurance, clear direction and security when a leader portrays confidence and positive demeanor.

8 – Act Professionally- As a leader, you should be cordial to all of your members.  You should also recognize the importance of dressing appropriately, showing up for meetings on time, and communicating in a professional manner.  Your goals and expectations should be clear from the beginning.  Members will be more motivated and less confused.  Tell them that their perspective is crucial to your success.


There are several resources on the National website,, that can assist you in becoming a great leader.  Just simply sign in and go to the members only section.  There you will find the following:

1.    ALA Academy

2.    ALA Seniors Basics Course: A Course on our History and Legacy

3.    Junior Leadership Course: ”The ALA: My Organization and What I need to Know to Grow as a Member.”

4.    Power Point: “Officer Duties and Responsibilities”

5.    How to sheets

6.    Unit Guide Book

7.    National Constitution and Bylaws

8.    New Member Packet, refer to Membership programs action plan How To Sheets

9.    Members Resources and Benefits


One last quote to leave you with:

“The challenge of Leadership is to Be strong, but not rude; Be kind, but not weak; Be bold, but not bully; Be thoughtful, but not lazy; Be humble, but not timid; Be proud, but not arrogant; Have humor, but without folly.” Jim Rohn


Kelly Elliott-Leadership Chairman


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Shellsburg, IA 52332

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