Describe and evaluate the attributes of human services professionals
Strategies for Team Success
Gerald has a natural charisma that draws people to him. His sense of humor is infectious and he is often the go-to guy when there is a new project that needs to be developed or a service program that needs review and overhaul. However, this means that he sometimes ends up getting overloaded and needs to figure out how to get some down time to keep from losing some of his natural enthusiasm. Lately, he has been feeling like he just wants to take a long vacation or at least have some option of turning over some of his leadership roles to others. He is just starting to learn what it means to help develop others in his team and his circles of engagement into co-leaders or team facilitators.
In this week, you will discuss the skills and abilities necessary for effective leadership and team management. Leadership is one of the hardest qualities to sustain: one must lead by example while inspiring trust, confidence, and motivation. Leaders must prove they are worth following. Often, people who do not see themselves as natural leaders or do not have any aspiration to take a leadership role will still find themselves in situations where they may be engaged in helping a project or a program develop. Those who are in leadership roles must be able to draw people together in a common focus on the needs of individuals or organizations, to foster collaboration to ensure services are addressing social or community needs, and determine when and how to make necessary adjustments to a plan.
Leading an MDT is complex because professional boundaries of team members can become blurred by policies and laws. However, there is research that provides direction on leadership and management qualities that lead to better team operations. Active leadership that is clear about team roles and goals will facilitate effective team functioning. Additionally, leaders who are charismatic, inspirational, and thoughtful of individual members may improve team functioning to the extent that it is measurable through the service provided to the client.
TO DO LIST
What You Need To Know: Read about how to create successful decision-making and evidence-based practices for effective organizational management.
Assignment: Describe and evaluate the attributes of human services professionals.
Write a 4–5 page paper that describes and evaluates the attributes of human services professionals.
What You Need to Know
Creating Successful Strategies: Decision Making and Evidence-Based Practices
Organizational management is a multi-faceted practice that involves strategies for decision making, measuring growth and outcomes, and implementing evidence-based practices. These concepts are presented in a wide range of community practices and platforms—from corrections to public health and public service settings. As you explore the range of programs that use similar decision-making and outcome measurement strategies, think about how to apply these strategies in an organization with which you are familiar.
Harley-McClaskey, D. (2017). Developing human service leaders. Sage.
Chapter 7, “Organizational Management—How to Run a Meeting and Make Decisions,” pages 149–168.
Chapter 10, “Organizational Management—Processes, Growth Measures, and Performance Excellence,” pages 215–244.
McKay, V. R., Morshed, A. B., Brownson, R. C., Proctor, E. K., & Prusaczyk, B. (2018). Letting go: Conceptualizing intervention de‐implementation in public health and social service settings. American Journal of Community Psychology, 62(1/2), 189‒202.
Weisburd, D., & Hasisi, B. (2018). The winding road to evidence-based policy in corrections: A case study of the Israel prison service. Israel Law Review, 51(1), 111‒125.