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This article addresses the growing issue for identifying the next generation of leaders in the museum field–a concern for museum management as well as professionals seeking to advance within the field.

Douglas Stark’s primary focus is on the necessary skills and steps to becoming a director of a museum or historical society.

He says that in the coming years, the turnover rate for directors will reach an all-time high and the need for new leaders will be critical.

In order to prepare for leadership in the next decade, it is advisable for mid-career professionals to begin planning now.