Administrative and Management Skills

Leadership and Management Reading List

While the librarian stereotype is that we spend our days reading, we all know the truth as to how busy our workdays truly are. It usually takes intention to carve out time to develop and improve our skills. A couple of books and resources that I have loved over my career include:

How to Lead When You’re Not In Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority by Clay Scroggins

What I love about this title is that it is written for anyone interested in leadership. Every good organization needs leaders as they are your coworkers who inspire and motivate, but leaders aren’t always managers and many don’t have titles. Scroggins highlights various leadership lessons, such as building a support network and being a problem solver.

The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You by Julie Zhou

Julie was the V.P. of Design at Facebook and turned author. This is an excellent title especially for newer managers as it gives advice for what to do during your first three months and how to grow after. Julie highlights her own career path to show that leadership is a journey.

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

I am a big Simon Sinek fan. If he is new to you, he is an author and inspirational speaker. This title explores various real-life stories and leaders to examine those qualities that good leaders have in order to inspire and motivate people. But he is also fun to listen to and I recommend his TED Talk by the same title. If you prefer to engage with smaller bits of information, Simon is @simonsinek on Instagram, Threads, and TikTok.

My favorite leadership person to follow on social media is Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist, author, and podcaster. He is @adamgrant on Instagram and Threads or @adamgrantpsych on TikTok. His posts are thoughtful nuggets of information that will stick with you and make you ponder various topics.

While this is just a small selection of what’s available, what resources are on your favorites or to be read lists?

Today’s blog post was written by Lisa Mulvenna, Head of Children’s and Teen Services at Clinton-Macomb Public Library in Clinton Township, MI, on behalf of the ALSC Managing Children’s Services Committee. She can be reached at

This blog relates to ALSC Core Competencies of: VI. Administrative and Management Skills; VII. Professionalism and Professional Development.

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