And so we head to the close of 2018 – this will be the last blog posted on this site for Aoraki LIANZA and it’s my privilege to be the final post. Great things don’t end – they reinvent themselves. Aoraki will still be in touch via LIANZA Kōrero: Library Life
As I write this, it’s just 28 days to Christmas. As always at this time of year I start to reflect on how things have gone. Did I do all I thought I would, achieve all i thought I might, make all the right decisions to the best I could?
2018 has been a big year, not least for completing my LIANZA Kōtuku Emerging Leaders journey.
I say completing but a leadership journey is just that, a journey. One of the biggest outcomes of doing the course was learning that you never stop learning how to be a leader. In fact, continually learning, keeping an open mind, and being open to feedback and new ways of doing things is being a good leader. I just checked out a good book from the LIANZA EBL ebook collection called “The Leadership Challenge Workbook” and was struck by how this statement resonated
“The best leaders are continually learning. They see all experiences as learning opportunites. But there’s one condition. Rich insights only come from reflection and analysis. Unexamined experiences yield no lessons. If you want to become a better leader, you need to study your performance and become more conscious about the choices that you are making and how you are acting on your intentions”.
I thought I would just do a course and be all set for life. Tick that box! And I am set, just maybe not how I thought. This isn’t a box that can be ticked just once – this one can get ticked every time you reflect. Measure how you’re doing. Think about your own expectations of good leadership. Reflect, respond, learn and move forward.
So, to reflect on my year:
First, I want to apologise to my Kōtuku mentor for not making the most of her time and energy as I could have. A mentoring relationship will always be something where you get out what you put in, and I have struggled to learn this. I hope to cross paths with her again soon.
Some parts of the course went well, and others not so much. I got the most out of learning about myself and could have done better with the group project. I can see that networking and relationships are things that don’t come naturally to me and will be something I’ll always work on.
I have gained a confidence that I’m on the right path. This year has been the culmination of a lot of hard work. I’ve completed my BappSci in library and information studies. Nine long years of plodding away one paper at a time. I’ve been appointed as Associate Team Leader of a fantastic little suburban library. And I have started to become more involved with my Professional Organisation (LIANZA). I had no idea at the start of the year I would be contributing blog posts for Aoraki LIANZA.
I keep thinking next year will be a time for consolidation. You know, when you don’t do a whole lot of new things but spend time really embedding what you have learnt so far. As I reflect, though, I see so many other years where I’ve planned the same and have always ended up taking on something else. Considering that I’ve just the other day submitted an application for professional registration I think I’ve already set myself up for another year of learning, reflecting, understanding and growth. Or here’s hoping!
Happy Holidays to you all. See you in 2019.