Developing a Leadership Competency Model for Library and Information Professionals in Kuwait

Husain al Ansari 1  and Othman al Khadher 2
  • 1 Associate Professor, Library and Information Science Department, Faculty of Social Sciences, Kuwait University, Kaifan, Kuwait
  • 2 Professor, Psychology Department, College of Social Sciences, Kuwait University. Kaifan, Kuwait

Abstract

This study identified the competencies that library and information professionals in Kuwait will need to be successful in their leadership positions. The researchers prepared a list of 42 leadership competencies based on an extensive literature review. The competencies were grouped under six meta-competencies: managerial effectiveness, cognitive, social, motivational, personal, and occupational competencies. The list was distributed to 141 library managers, 79 men and 62 women representing four types of libraries: 37 in public libraries, 42 in academic libraries, 27 in school libraries, and 35 in special libraries and information centres. Respondents were asked to rate each competency according to its importance. The results include the top competencies rated highly by participants. The development of this leadership competency model for library leaders should contribute to the mission of library profession and guide decision makers with selection, appraisal, curricula design, and development efforts. This model is not static. It must be revised and validated continuously as the nature of the library and information environment changes and progresses.

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Libri investigates the functions of libraries and information services from both a historical and present-day perspective and analyses the role of information in cultural, organizational, national and international developments.

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