A Library Designed to Build Staff Members
Decision-making, problem-solving, team management and the provision of direction are just a few things that are required of leaders. To be an effective leader, the acquisition of information and ideas are of utmost necessity. John Adams, the second president of the United States of America, made commentary on the necessity of reading by saying, “How can any man judge unless his mind has been opened and enlarged by reading?” A century and a half later, the 33rd president of the USA, Harry S. Truman said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” It appears that the most successful leaders both past and present attribute a great part of their success to an unquenchable quest for knowledge. Good leaders are learners who read.
In a thoughtful attempt to produce distinguished leaders, the staff development team at Family Legacy has launched a leadership library to invest in the growth of staff members.
“This year one of the goals for the Staff Development and Training department was to open a Leadership Library at the Ibex office. The Leadership Library was launched in the hope that it would grow our staff personally and professionally. Staff can check out titles and read independently or for those titles that we have more than one copy of, they can check out a set of books and do a book study with their colleagues. Currently, the Leadership Library has 33 different titles. The titles range in topics from how to be a better manager, growing as a Christian and classroom management. Our plan is to continue adding new titles to the Leadership Library each year.” —Heather Henry, Staff Development and Training Program Manager
Those who give themselves to this initiative have the potential to be leaders with an informed conviction toward Truth and fruitfulness.