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If you have additional questions about Executive Leadership Immersion (ELI) , please contact Ted Wanner, TLA Director of Education & Member Engagement at 512.328.1518 ext. 154.

How does executive leadership professional development (such as ELI) differ from basic leadership development (such as TALL Texans)?

The highest level leaders are no different from other levels of leaders in that their styles and techniques may vary given the situation, constituent groups, proactive vs. reactive issues, etc. At any given time one can find content on the “three types of executive leadership” and at the same time find “six styles of CEO’s/leaders.” ELI will include discussions of the variety of types and styles including (but not limited to) intentional, strategic, proactive, reactive, servant, authentic, and situational.

Although the principles and values of leadership should not vary dramatically between non-profit and profit environments, in fact, there are leadership approaches that are more successful given the type of organization. ELI will include content on the non-profit, profit elements and issues that alter leadership approaches. In addition to identifying issues of who lead, Immersion will focus on the importance of educating colleagues, umbrella institutions and stakeholders on the differences and similarities.

Although these attributes, elements and issues can be a focus of all types of leadership training, content specifically critical to executive leaders includes trust, change, persuasion and influence, negotiation, motivation, communication, assessment/using data, diversity, equity and inclusion, leading external forces (governments, institutions, administrations, boards, etc.) and partnerships and collaborations.

What are the criteria for being accepted to ELI?

ELI is intended for individuals who aspire to senior and top management positions. The ideal applicant embodies a commitment to leadership, innovation, and self-improvement, and has management and leadership experience that will provide context to ELI content as well as the focus project.

Is a library science degree required for participation?


What teaching and learning activities will be used at ELI?

ELI welcomes leaders from all types of libraries, academic, public, school, and special. The skill sets involved in executive leadership apply to any top administrative position.

Is the program designed for any particular type of library?
  • Focus on deep dives on subject matter curriculum (trust, change, persuasion)
  • Expert panelists focusing on best practices, universal issues
  • Guided discussion post-presentations (in-person, expert guest panelists) with full group
  • Use of case method and scenario for delivery of content, but also for re-purposing and use in organizations post-program
  • Media curriculum including clips from major motion pictures and TEDTalks for examples of motivation, inspiration, dealing with diversity, inclusion, change, persuasion followed by guided leadership discussion post-viewing
  • Discussion, coaching, and individual critique on content with rubric for participant focus project
Why should attendees bring a focus project and what should it be?

Integrating contextual content into leadership curriculum is critical. To provide meaningful context for attendees and to maximize leadership learning opportunities, each attendee is asked to focus and complete a two-page outline for a problem, issue or project they will have primary leadership responsibility for within the next two to three years.

Ideas for the issue, problem or project can come from any area in the attendee’s organization or environment.Prospectus examples can be categorized in a variety of ways including examples from reactive leadership (little control over many aspects of the situation, the issue came/is coming to you given your organizational roles and responsibilities), and proactive leadership (you are bringing issues forward based on your expertise, roles and responsibilities or institutional or community or constituent need(s).

Note: it is NOT expected that all projects, problems or issues be shared with either the large group or any small group, therefore if you wish to work on something that is confidential (example – a reorganization) be sure you indicate that on your document so that exchanges, critical information, etc. will be kept confidential. Prospectus (critiqued) are returned to attendees and reviewed individually upon arrival.


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