The three occupations of an effective leader: curator, librarian, and tour guide.

Posted on January 30, 2014


While our interconnected world will always need experts, experts by definition are not people of influence but rather people of ownership, people who “possess” what they know. Leadership requires an interpretation and deployment of that expertise in ways that are useful, through avenues that are accessible, and in language that is understandable. Thus, the future of influence belongs, not to the experts, but to the curators, the librarians, and the tour guides.

A curator is someone who cares deeply about collecting expertise, but cares more about sharing that expertise to the people in ways that connect and inform. (

A librarian organizes expertise and serves “the finder,” the person looking for helpful information. (

A tour guide helps people discover what they did not know was there. (MOOCs)

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