Ontemporary Leadership in Human Services
(social work degree Australia)In this academic paper you are required to
1. Critically anlayse contemporary approaches to management in human service organisations and discuss the implications of these trends on SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE, making specific reference to the context of practice in which you did field placement (mercy disability services Brisbane). Distinguish between leadership and management.
2. Critically analyse and compare two leadership theories: Transformational leadership & Trait theory leadership and critically evaluate the appropriateness and relevancy of each to the practice context explored earlier.
Include in your discussion:
a? The potential or limitations of each approach and relevancy to leadership and management in human services
a? The appropriateness of each approach when working in different cultural contexts with specific reference to working in Indigenous contexts
a? The identification of leadership skills required for the successful application of each leadership approach within human services
a? The transferability of these approaches to other practice contexts.
a? Based on your analysis propose a beginning leadership plan that is appropriate to human services and promotes collaborative leadership and social work values and ethics, along with the role of manager/leaders and specific agency requirements for service delivery. The leadership plan will include a summary and integration of ideas for leadership and how these will influence your leadership practice in human services
References to be used also
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Mind Tools website Leadership
Northouse, P.G. 2012, Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice, SAGE Publications, London, pp. 1-14.
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