Strengths-Based Leadership Strategies

Strengths-Based Leadership and Effective Communication INTRODUCTION Most people working in human service programs or environments have had some education or training about applying a strengths-based focus with clients who receive services from the organization. Those working in human service organizations also commonly experience education or training on effective communication practices, such as active and reflective listening. In this week’s readings and discussions, you will consider these fairly common practices in application to leadership and, specifically, coalition-building leadership. TOGGLE DRAWER READ FULL INTRODUCTION LEARNING ACTIVITIES Collapse All Toggle Drawer [u05s1] Unit 5 Study 1 Studies Readings In your Developing Nonprofit and Human Service Leaders textbook, read the following: Chapter 4, “Leadership,” pages 37–52. Chapter 5, “Personal Communication,” pages 53–61. In your Responsive Leadership in Social Services textbook, read the following: Chapter 5, “A Strengths Focus and Quality Leadership,” pages 125–156. Use the Capella University Library to read the following: Mathew, M., & Gupta, K. S. (2015). Transformational leadership: Emotional intelligence. SCMS Journal of Indian Management, 12(2), 75–89. Learning Components This activity will help you achieve the following learning components: Identify common leadership roles. Identify leadership skills relevant in human services organizations. Toggle Drawer [u05s2] Unit 5 Study 2 Assignment Preparation Your next assignment is due in the following unit (Unit 6). For this assignment, you must identify a leadership role for yourself in the organization you have selected for your course assignments. You must develop a leadership statement that describes your leadership philosophy for this role. Then, you must examine skills you will need and assess your competency at each skill. Read the assignment now and select a leadership role for yourself. Research leadership philosophies and begin work on your leadership statement. Get started now, so you are ready to submit your assignment on time in the next unit. Learning Components This activity will help you achieve the following learning components: Identify common leadership roles. Identify common leadership philosophies. Identify leadership skills relevant in human services organizations. In most organizations and programs today, leaders are acutely aware of the limitations that political, bureaucratic, organizational, and training challenges place on effective service delivery and effective interagency collaboration. Based on the reading about a strengths-based focus for leadership and supervision, in your initial post, examine how you would leverage strengths in building a coalition to pursue important community objectives. Describe how you have used a strengths-based approach or have observed the use of a strengths-based approach in a project within your organization or community.

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