I never in a million years thought I would use something from the Teen Choice Awards to speak on leadership, but after watching Ashton Kutcher’s genuine speech I could not pass up on the chance.
Kutcher’s lesson is easily applied to library leadership – seek out opportunities, be smart (sexy), and build a life around you. Library leaders should not sit around and wait for anything to fall into their laps, they need to seek it out at day after day. Library leaders succeed when they are smart and authentic, not overbearing and shallow. Library leaders must continuously work to build a team that will move the library forward, not simply whine about their intolerable working environment.
Most importantly, Kutcher tried to impart this wisdom on the youth watching the program and in the audience. Library leaders need to use their status to set an example and impart the wisdom and knowledge learned over the years.
So build a life; don’t live one, build one. Find your opportunities and always be sexy. – Ashton Kutcher