Grooming new millennium museum directors
Recent trends suggest that the new millennium museum director needs to be a leader who balances a belief in the institution and the reality of marketing. Sherene Suchy’s research indicates that most curatorial staff, the pool from which museum directors usually emerge, are not necessarily suited for this role, raising questions about how museums create career paths, manage succession planning, invest in leadership training and orient boards for their role in the selection process. The author is the director of a private practice specializing in individual and organizational development based in Sydney, Australia. She has more than twenty years experience in management development programmes with public- and private-sector organizations, and has been actively involved since 1991 in the cultural-industry sector, including an international study on the director’s role in museum leadership.
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Publication date: April 1, 2000