On-Demand Webinar: Best of Core Forum: Decentering Ourselves, Empowering Others

We imagine that there is a “secret sauce” to leading committees or projects within our libraries. This presentation posits that an effective leader decenters themselves in order to empower those being led. In doing so, offers a simple leadership philosophy: find people who want to do cool things, empower them to do those things, and give people credit for the cool things they’ve done. Using the development of a diversity plan at the presenter’s library as an example of the enactment of this philosophy, the presenter will talk about the challenges and opportunities involved in decentering yourself as a leader.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to describe the decentering leadership strategy described by the presenter. Participants will also be able to develop a plan for adapting this strategy to their own projects and committees.

Who Should Attend: While this webinar is applicable to all who have leadership and management responsibilities, it is directed toward those who lead groups or committees of people they do not supervise.


Erin Leach is the Head of Administrative Projects and Organizational Effectiveness at University of Georgia Libraries.

Tech Requirements

Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform.


Online: Complete the individual webinar online registration form. Sessions are listed by date, and you must log in.

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