Self-Leadership in Social Work

Reflections from Practice

Bill McKitterick

Self-Leadership in Social Work

Bill McKitterick

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

172 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781447314851 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
In Self-Leadership in Social Work, Bill McKitterick calls for change in the practice of the profession. Arguing that the current approaches have minimized the social justice focus and therapeutic and change-oriented interventions, McKitterick explores the ways that strong self-leadership can help social workers refocus their attention on efforts that can achieve positive change. He identifies tactics and strategies for providing leadership within a team and in senior positions. Offering a fresh and innovative view of the field, this book will inspire social workers, managers of social services, and social work students to exercise leadership in their own practice.
Contents
Introduction
The meaning and the exercise of leadership in social work
The leadership vacuum
The sources of leadership in the social work profession and social work services
Clarity of purpose in social work practice
The social work manager as a leader, colleague and champion
Leadership within direct practice
Leadership within a multi-disciplinary environment
Optimism, filling the vacuum and taking the lead
Review Quotes
Sue White, University of Birmingham, UK
“Based on decades of experience McKitterick makes a powerful case for the authority of practice and the importance of wisdom and humility in social work accountability.”
Michael Preston-Shoot, University of Bedfordshire, UK, and independent chair of the Luton Safeguarding Children Board
“Providing an unrelenting critique of reforms that have spawned passive social work, this is a welcome assertion of every social worker’s responsibility to reclaim the possibilities inherent in active social work.”
June Thoburn, University of East Anglia, UK
“Drawing on extensive experience as practitioner, manager, and passionate advocate for relationship-based social work, McKitterick’s analysis of the centrality of leadership throughout a social worker’s career is thoroughly researched and scholarly but also intensely personal.”
British Journal of Social Work
“A great handbook that every social worker should read.”
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