Over the past couple of weeks members of the National Continuing Professional Development Group have been working with Library and Knowledge Service colleagues across England to pull together two resource sheets.
The first lists ideas and suggestions for activities that library assistants and those staff working in bands 2-4 within library and knowledge services can do from home or while services are quiet because they are physically closed to users.
The second lists suggested continuing professional development opportunities that library assistants and those staff working in bands 2-4 within library and knowledge services could take the opportunity to explore.
The learning Zone on the knowledge for healthcare blog has a section looking at leadership; from blogs to books, e-learning to reports. Exploring this site, you will find links to free courses around leadership in the Open University. An example of one of the courses available is Leadership and Followership. Review and reflect on what kind of leader you are (or could be), what makes a good leader and what happens when leadership goes wrong. Continue on to consider why followership is important and finish off with considering how to develop yourself as a leader. If you register and complete the course, you can gain a statement of participation.
For those of you who prefer reading have a look at: https://www.skillsyouneed.com/leadership-skills.html
“we’re passionate about providing high
quality information and resources that help you learn and develop the skills
you need to make the most of everyday life”.Explore the leadership section and see what you can learn and
how you can develop. They explore issues around, “What is a Leader?”, “What Skills
do Good Leaders Need?”, “Developing your Leadership Style” before moving on to
look more closely at some of the skills good leaders have; planning and
organising, strategic thinking, change management and persuasion and
Continuing in the learning zone you will come across the NHS Leadership Academy. This is not just a site for those aspiring to be senior NHS managers – it there for everyone. Explore the section on the Healthcare leadership model “We’ve developed the Healthcare Leadership Model to help you become a better leader in your day-to-day role. You don’t have to be in a clinical or service setting to use it. And it doesn’t matter whether you work in a team of five or are responsible for 5,000, you can benefit by discovering and exploring your own leadership behaviours”. You don’t need to be in a formal management or leadership role to develop these skills they are useful for everyone.
If you are a member of CILIP you can join their leadership
network and access webinars and other e-learning resources around
leadership. Including one on developing leadership “… We will explore the different leadership styles and the
characteristics of each. The main functions of leadership include controlling
the process of achieving the task, evaluating the outcome and keeping the team
motivated, we will look at each of these in turn. Finally, we will look at the
importance of setting a good example.” They also have modules on “What is
an Effective Leader” and “Seeing Change Through”.
CILIP also offers webinars to all its members and you can go
back and re-watch these if you weren’t able to see them live. There is one by
Luke Stevens-Burt on Leadership
at all levels. These are designed to fit into a busy day and shouldn’t take
more than 60 minutes.
The PKSB for Health outlines the broad range of skills required by librarians and knowledge specialists working in health, enriching them with the addition of examples from a health sector. It is accessible to all NHS library workers, those who have membership of CILIP can use the PKSB for Health along side the online PKSB tool. It allows you to self-assess your current rating against multiple different skills and knowledge and state where you want to end up.
There are 12 sections within the PKSB for Health one of which (section 9) is focused on Leadership and Advocacy: “Provide active leadership by inspiring and managing themselves and teams, both inside and outside the organisation and by promoting the positive value of library, information and knowledge services across the organisation and society. Includes leading and inspiring teams, influencing key stakeholders and understanding external frameworks. Health LKS staff take an active leadership role and seek opportunities to develop leadership and advocacy skills”.
The talent management toolkit was developed to recognise and
support the talent of library and knowledge service workers. A section of the talent
grid highlights; “Demonstrates Engaging Leadership Behaviours”. It allows
you to see what is considered a novice, a professional and a world class talent
in this area.
Novice: “Leads the team and develops processes
that encourage colleagues to develop the service”.
Professional: “Develops a positive team culture,
networks across internal stakeholders and communicates the local vision to
World Class: “Communicates a compelling and
credible vision which inspires and motivates others. Shows confidence and
integrity under criticism. Create a shared purpose which others are excited to
deliver. Demonstrate to others how they are valued and integral in the
workplace. Demonstrates an inclusive approach”.
If you feel that you are working in the world class end of the spectrum then it would be worth talking to your line manager about having a talent conversation using the talent management toolkit.
Accessing information online is not the only way to develop
your leadership skills, there may be opportunities within your NHS organisation
to access formal learning or become part of a project group or work stream.
Look out for these opportunities and take part in them. They will develop you
in ways you aren’t expecting and may lead onto other things.
There are always opportunities to get involved in projects,
task and finish groups, and work streams within Knowledge for Healthcare. These
will continue and they give you a chance to put theoretical learning around
leadership into practice while building up your professional networks.