Nexus Lab: Layers of Leadership across Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Diagram with six columns about the key qualities needed to lead different groups.
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October 15, 2017

Nexus LAB: Layers of Leadership

The “Layers of Leadership,” developed in partnership by Educopia Institute, the Center for Creative Leadership, and more than 35 museum, library, and archives associations and representatives, provides a common lens for understanding high-demand leadership training skills and competencies in these fields. The “Layers of Leadership” documents the key challenge, key leadership tasks, skills necessary to address those tasks, and outcomes sought within seven “layers” of leadership, from “Leading Self” to “Leading the Organization” to “Leading the Profession.”

The “Layers of Leadership” publication has many uses, including the following:

  1. by individuals, to consider and gauge the leadership competencies they need at different stages of their work and career
  2. by graduate programs, to help students think about their lifelong learning trajectory for leadership
  3. by trainers, to customize training offerings that meet the competency needs of a specific layer’s challenges
  4. by supervisors, to identify competencies needed within their staff and offerings that may address those competencies
  5. by existing training programs, to help construct and/or revise curricular offerings to address different phases of leadership growth
  6. by funders, to identify gaps and/or opportunities in the landscape of offerings
  7. by trainers and programs to help contextualize and advertise their offerings to specific audiences