If leadership is “disappointing your own people at a rate they can absorb,” (Heifetz & Linsky) how does a new director balance delight and disappointment? How and when should she be brave, or ask for help? How does she respect the past while making changes? And how, exactly should one lead and “disappoint” people you’ve only just met?
Three museum executive directors compare experiences in starting their first executive positions. We’ll discuss strategies for joining the community, cultivating relationships with Board members and staff, learning new content, developing strategic directions, and navigating the political climate. New directors and others interested in museum leadership will benefit from hearing of our success (and failures!)