During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I chose to look at leadership qualities as I’ve just recently (within the past 6 months) become the director of my public library. We have about 50 staff members, most of whom are part-time employees serving a 30,000 resident community by providing high-quality programs and resources. Each day, I’ll look at one trait and how it’s helped me to become a better director.
I think I’ve talked about this on and off throughout this month, but passion is something that you can’t necessarily learn and is a tool that is, really and truly, beyond compare. I’ve told this story before, but it bears repeating.
I was seven years old when I first asked my hometown librarians when I could start working. Their answer, “14 years old,” which I might add is an eternity for a seven year old. Two days after my 14th birthday I started volunteering in my library (after having worked in my elementary and middle school library for years) and honestly, I’ve never looked back. I don’t remember making the conscious decision to become a librarian, it’s just what I’ve always wanted.
I hope that my staff and my community can sense my passion for this field and for what I do. I jokingly say I have very few interests outside of the library and reading, but it all honestly, it’s true – I love reading, books, blogging about books and the library. And I wouldn’t change a thing! So don’t be afraid to share your passion, you may think it’s nerdy, but it’s what makes you, you.