Today’s history and cultural heritage museum leaders are part visionary and part foot soldier, but what makes them tick? Are there attitudes, philosophies and skills that set some people apart from the thousands charged with moving institutions forward? What lessons can we draw from their stories? Now more than ever, success as a museum leader doesn’t necessarily come with longevity, scholarship or curatorial achievement. In fact, today’s successful leaders often bring myriad skills to the table, creating a style that works both personally and professionally. This snapshot of museum leadership focuses in particular on history and cultural heritage organizations to help readers understand the power of individual leadership and its relationship to organizational strength.
This book features:
• 36 interviews with leaders in the field from a range of positions and institutions
• 10 myths of museum leadership and why they’re wrong
• 10 simple truths of museum leadership
• Leadership “agenda” with criteria and goals for individual and organizational development
Using personal insights of the history museum field’s most engaging, innovative and entrepreneurial leaders, Leadership Matters profiles what makes inspiring leadership in 21st century institutions. These profiles focus not only on history museum presidents, directors, and CE's, but also on the “leaders within”deputies, vice-presidents and department heads, as well as their counterparts in the boardroom. Ackerson and Baldwin have brought together a resource to help individuals and institutions move from the status quo to being innovative and influential.
The authors maintain a blog at http://leadershipmatters1213.wordpress.com.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||American Association for State and Local History Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||10.90(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Anne W. Ackerson is the former director of the Museum Association of New York, and has served as director of several historic house museums and historical societies in central and eastern New York in a career spanning thirty-six years.
A former museum director, Joan H. Baldwin is the Curator of Special Collections at The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT. A Between 2001 and 2012 she served as Program Assistant for the Museum Association of New York, responsible for writing, research, and program design for the statewide service agency.
Table of Contents
1. Ten Simple Myths (and Why You Shouldn’t Believe Them)
2. What Brings Us Here?
3. Leadership Training and Development Today
4. Intentional Leadership: Four Fundamentals for the 21st Century
5. The Self-Aware Leader
6. The Authentic Leader
7. The Courageous Leader
8. The Visionary Leader
9. How Do We Know What We Know
10. Ten Simple Truths
11. Turn, Turn, Turn: The Changing Nature of LeadershipAdvice for Aspiring Leaders
12. This One’s for You: (More Than) A Few Words of Advice for Boards of Trustees
13. There Be Dragons Here
14. The Leadership Agenda for History and Cultural Heritage Museums
About the Authors