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 shooting of video. This provide me with work of mobilizing funds, organizing teams to steer the work and also building the morale of the team as the task become tiring we progressed (Cooke & Edwards, p. 239). I have realized that with much dedication it is possible to succeed even if there seem no light at the end of the tunnel. We had to do all this work in a timely manner, while including other groups: Women’s, Men’s, Preschool, etc. We achieved this despite the strict schedule of only being able to work two days a week. Funds raised initially did not meet the recording expenses but that did not prevent us from asking for second time. Members of the congregation had to be fully aware and supportive of the project since contributing is optional. This was in a way that members felt it was worth and not seem as putting pressure on them (Rank & Hutchison, p. 490). The team and I received a lot of criticism .Some people said it was not worth, others saying it were time consuming and other saying it was not possible. We took the criticism as positive and it give us more morale to double our desire for achieving the work.
I have become a democratic leader by listening to my team and letting them participating in major...