When mental health professionals are promoted into leadership roles, they're often expected to "hit the ground running" with little training or experience.
This eye-opening book is the perfect way for new leaders to fill that gap in professional development and help their organization meet the needs of children and families. Bringing to book form the principles and practices behind the renowned Georgetown University Leadership Development Program, this essential resource dispels the myths about good leadership and sheds light on the values and actions that steer an individual and an organization toward success. Mental health administrators and program developers will--
... learn about five effective leadership styles--and how to choose the right one for different contexts and situations
... master the shift between multiple leadership functions within their organization or system
... develop specific skills and attitudes associated with good leadership, such as being flexible, welcoming diverse perspectives, and knowing when to relinquish some control
... build productive, collaborative relationships with a wide array of providers, consultants, case managers, and community agencies
... overcome personal, organizational, and environmental obstacles to effective leadership
... strengthen resilience by using proven strategies for managing stress and adversity
... ensure that their personal values align with a strengths-based, family-centered, and culturally competent system of care
Throughout the book, the expert contributors distill the best of today's theory and research on leadership and bring key points to life with real-world examples and anecdotes. And practical worksheets help readers address conflict, improve their resiliency, clarify their views of leadership, collaborate effectively during team meetings, and more.
No matter where readers are on their leadership journey--whether they're new to their roles or veterans seeking to renew their passion and commitment--this book will help them master the skills they need to guide and motivate staff, bring about positive systems change, and ensure the best outcomes for children and families.
"Developing leaders is critical to the transformation of mental health care systems and particularly important to improving the lives of children, youth and families in America. ... I have studied multiple strategies, tactics, tasks and competencies of leadership. This book is an outstanding resource to anyone interested in becoming a champion in the field.x"--A. Kathryn Power, MEd, Director, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrator
"As former Surgeon General of the United States and the Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, I can attest to the importance of leadership qualities to address the mental health needs of children and youth in America. This book provides valuable insights, real-world examples and practical tools, and is an excellent resource for all leaders in the field.x"--David Satcher, MD, PhD, 16th Surgeon General of the United States
256 pages. 2010