Developing Library Leadership to Strengthen Community Services

With more than 1,500 employees, the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) is seeking to create a development plan that fosters creative, forward-looking leaders. To that end, FUSE executive fellow Julie Lamba helped establish an organizational definition of leadership and identify specific ways that leadership can be practiced at all levels of the LAPL. She also engaged senior leaders in their leadership development. Julie is now helping implement the leadership program, documenting its strategy while ensuring that it can be built upon and is sustainable. She will help define a full-time position that owns leadership development and guide the hiring process. She will also help determine ways to measure the progress and success of the program. With more employees exercising leadership skills, the LAPL will be able to innovate faster, make better decisions, and enhance services to the community.