Although library managers have acquired the conventional management skills, they remain undervalued as a profession. Using Drucker′s distinction between management development and manager development, argues that manager or self‐development is currently neglected in UK libraries, but is a prerequisite of the new management culture. Compares the position of library managers with that of women in business and suggests specific areas of self‐development training. Highlights the disparity between leadership training within libraries in the UK and the USA. Urges that only by focusing on self‐development will library managers be able to release their full potential and shape their environment.
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