Julie Speers SW 669 Leadership Cookbook
“The longer we study a system, the more complex it becomes”Wheatley, 2007, pg. 207
A cookbook is a reference book that contains recipes • Recipes are a set of instructions that describe how to prepare or make something • Can leadership be deduced to a scientific formula? • Creating my own cookbook of social work leadership recipes… Why a cookbook?
VALUES AND BELIEFS • Instructions: • Post values/beliefs at work desk • Meet with leadership mentor every three months: discuss, vent, cry, laugh, strategize… • Journal more, read more and talk with others as a means of increasing my reflexive praxis • Be grateful; provide thanks for random acts of leadership and courage • Laugh each day • Admit to mistakes, faults and not knowing – provide compassion to myself and others • Remain curious and ask questions to learn more of each person’s story • ? • ? • ? Ingredients: Diversity Leverage Humour Reflexive Interconnectedness Community Flexibility Passion Compassion Balance Journey Creativity Ethics Vulnerability Mindfulness Transparency Curiosity Learning Relationships Communication
COLLABORATION • Instructions: • Once a week have lunch in staff room; work on increasing personal connections by talking about non-work issues • Meet with S.O.R.T. clinicians monthly to problem-solve together • Attend community social work lunch monthly • Remain curious, talk about creative solutions • Remember success is a shared experience: celebrate successful collaboration • Work with colleagues in creating a SW job description to increase role clarity • ? • ? • ? • Ingredients: • Role clarification • Flexibility • Shared Leadership • Learning Purpose • Personal Connections • Mutual respect, Understanding and Trust
RESONATE LEADERSHIP • Instructions: • Attend to and cultivate relationships with colleagues • Listen and reflect on what is and is not being said • Accept and model self-care • Believe in change facilitate change intentionally • Request and reflect on feedback; course correct as necessary • Recognize I do not know everything; admit to my own vulnerability • Collaborate with colleagues to achieve balance • Meet with mentor to develop and evaluate leadership goals every six months • ? • ? • Ingredients: • Mindfulness • Hope • Compassion • Sacrifice Syndrome • Demagogue • Power Stress • Resonance • Emotional Intelligence
References Black, K. (2012). Shaping the leader that I am[Adobe presentation]. Retrieved from https://blackboard.ucalgary.ca/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_2_1&url=%2fwebapps%2fblackboard%2fexecute%2flauncher%3ftype%3dCourse%26id%3d_128263_1%26url%3d Perrault, E. (2012). Success factors for collaboration leadership [Breeze presentation]. Retrieved from https://breeze.ucalgary.ca/p48571255/ Wheatley, M. (2007). Finding our way: Leadership for an uncertain time. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler.