Social work is born out of concern with human suffering but with its face set against changing social patterns that might cause suffering. Understanding leadership in social work is important as social, cultural, economic, and demographic factors are becoming diverse. Leadership is required in the social work in order to reach this goal of ending or lowering suffering. We all tend to believe we know a “good leader”, we even believe that we are good leaders in our own ways. I believe in that statement, because you can be a leader in many ways from the true leader to just a leader by heart.
Throughout the semester, we as Social Work students are starting to dip our toes into the real world and about to start our journey into our field placement this upcoming fall semester, a general reaction we all secretly felt was the doubts in our head and questions of “Is this the career for me?” “Do I possess the certain attributes needed to be successful?” Those questions we have concluded that yes we do possess the certain attributes needed to be successful, when we walked into both Practice Methods Practice Methods II and I. We obtained the knowledge about leadership in the macro practice setting and throughout this paper, I will be applying the concepts I’ve learned over the semester and evaluate my leadership qualities over different time frames in my life: past, present and future.
My past as a leader and becoming empowered
I have had the opportunity leading others. This is through being the leader of a teen group leader at Harvey Baptist, before the original minister moved away. Being a church leader has provided the opportunity to exercise my leadership qualities. We succeeded in the composing of song, production and ...
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...ude managing environmental relationships, such as effective agency or program representation and positioning, networking, coalition building, negotiating hostile environments, and dealing with multiple customer and stakeholder groups (Cooke et al., p. 240). It is like what General George Patton once said, “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity”.
Cooke, Reid & Edwards, R. (1997). Management: New developments and directions. In R. L. Edwards (Ed.), Encyclopedia of social work (19th ed., Suppl., pp. 229-242). Washington, DC: NASW Press.
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