Leaders inspire. Why?

Kevin King —  March 20, 2013 — Leave a comment

Simon Sinek’s TED talk, the 7th-most-watched in the webcast series, led me to his book, Start With Why. In the TED Talk and the book Sinek discusses that great leaders inspire because the start with why – not with what.  Organizations that only operate by discussing what they do fail to generate the excitement that motivates people.  If you start with why you want people to buy your product, vote for you or read your blog you are more likely to get results.  If you do not know why you do what you do, the organization can become “inherently unbalanced.”

This is one of the reasons why I wanted to start this blog.

Our goal is to help library leaders figure out the why and stop being driven by the what.  When a leader believes in why the mission of the library is important, decisions and actions come from a place that inspires others to follow.  Leaders fixated on what happens at the library often fail to deliver a message that is heard by both patrons and staff.

The contributors of Library Lost & Found are on a mission to bring to you the tools and resources to develop the why in your leadership life.  My sincere hope is that you will gather what you need to help formulate your plan to craft a why message to your staff and colleagues.

Kevin King


Kevin King is the Head of Branch and Circulation Services at the Kalamazoo (MI) Public Library. Previously Kevin led Teen Services at KPL, where he helped build a nationally recognized program. Kevin has presented all over the country on many topics including teen services, innovation, graphic novels, and programming. As a member of ALA, YALSA, PLA and the Michigan Library Association, Kevin has served on various committees and has luckily won a couple of awards. In his spare time Kevin obsesses over the Detroit Tigers, listens to music and does his best to be a kick ass dad to Abigail and Rachael.

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