Stay Classy!

Kevin King —  October 27, 2016 — 1 Comment

Currently I’m attending the Michigan Library Association Annual Conference in Lansing, MI and one particular theme has struck me over two days. In the few sessions I have attended some form of the phrase “stay classy” has been declared to the attendees. 

This got me thinking that this is something leaders need to think about more often. It is so difficult to snicker at an idea or look down upon people who do not agree with you. How hard is it to just be nice? The result will almost always be someone more open to your response. You never know, a great discussion could lead to the next great initiative. 

So remember, not looking down on others will make you a more innovative leader. Stay classy my friends. 

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.

One response to Stay Classy!


    Somewhere online last year, I found some “rules” about handling oneself online before commenting. 1. Is what you’re going to say true? 2. Is it necessary? 3. Is it kind? I pretty much stop at 2. I have found that this also works well in real life. Taking the higher road, though, especially when people are actually taking direct and indirect jabs at you or your accomplishments can be tough, but that’s how I keep it classy.

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