Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 237 x 161 x 21 mm
The step by step analysis laid out in Leadership Matters brings focus to the responsibilities every museum director has to connect at the individual, institutional and societal level. This insightful book lays a path that will to help forward-thinking museum professionals manage change and forge success in the communities that their museums serve. -- Melody Kanschat, Executive Director, Getty Leadership Institute
Far too little has been written about museum leadership, especially in history museums. This long overdue work provides much needed insight into real world thinking for the "new normal" of museum work in the ever changing economic landscape of the 21st century. The authors masterly weave 36 stories of diverse museum leadership that enlighten readers about real world experiences, and not classroom rhetoric, which is a much needed addition to our profession at a critical juncture. -- Norman O. Burns, Executive Director of the Maymont Foundation, Richmond, Virginia
From the foreword: Through its analysis of relevant leadership literature, parsing valid versus questionable assumptions about museum practice, and capturing the authentic voices of so many museum leaders, Leadership Matters serves as a welcomed resource. Spurred by their conviction that leadership development has been a neglected and under-valued aspect of museum practice, Ackerson and Baldwin gather, synthesize, personalize, and contextualize history museum leadership today. They make the case for the urgency of shifting priorities now. And, in the process, we readers have the opportunity to meet many interesting people who have generously shared their leadership stories, exposing their vulnerabilities as well as strengths, and acknowledging that they, too, are still on a path of learning and discovery. -- Marsha L. Semmel, Senior Advisor, Noyce Leadership Institute and Independent Consultant on Leadership, Partnerships, and Policy for Cultural Institutions
Leadership Matters is an important book about leadership development in the museum world. Based on 36 interviews of museum people, Ackerson and Baldwin show that leadership can happen anywhere, at any level of an organization. They see successful leaders as possessing four characteristics: they are self-aware, authentic, courageous, and visionary. And those aren't qualities that just show up at work - successful leaders strive to integrate work, home, the wider community, and their private lives. The authors want to start a leadership revolution in the museum world, and I hope they do! -- Stew Friedman, Practice Professor of Management, The Wharton School, and author of Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life
Museum leadership is not a one size fits all. Instead, there are many different paths to the development of sustainable, healthy, community-centered institutions. Anne Ackerson and Joan Baldwin have written an important book that offers inspiring and successful stories that demonstrate how dynamic, creative, and courageous practices have transformed museums and individuals. With passion and commitment and turning our focus to leadership, as well as scholarship and collections, this book is filled with ideas, models, and methods that everyone leading or aspiring to lead should read. -- Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, Director & Distinguished Service Professor, Cooperstown Graduate Program
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