Posted: September 19th, 2022
Northouse (2018) define strength as an attribute or quality of an individual that accounts for successful performance. Strength is also the positive features of ourselves that make us effective and help us flourish. Northouse explained that extraordinary individuals are distinguished less by their impressive raw power than their ability to identify their strengths and then exploit them. Leadership is a trait that enables leaders to effectively motivate, influence and manage their followers. Social work leadership is related to transactional and transformational leadership that is involved in bartering process and focusing on change and building capacity and motivating people to achieve the desired result.
Strength and Weaknesses Assessment:
Self-awareness, self-regulation, integrity, intelligence, sociability, open-mindedness, perseverance, teamwork, prudence, creativity, gratitude, responsible, archiver, positivity and confidence are critical strengths a social worker needed to their profession in addition to effective communication skills. According to Northouse, discovering these strengths enable the social worker to concentrate on the positive attributes rather than focusing on our weaknesses. Besides, awareness of our environment helps leaders to understand the skills and strategy to addressing followings from different culturally backgrounds. In addition, leaders use effective communication skills to communicate the vision clearly and effectively to motivates followers to work towards the organization goals and expectations. Also, a good leader listens to the voices and opinions of their followers’ and are open-minded to inspires a free flow of ideas. Some traits may be detrimental in a leader and might need improvement, for example, administrative skills, interpersonal, conceptual skills, lack of empathy, warmth, poor integrity, and lack of accountability.
These skills align better with leadership than a management in a social work setting. Managers set out to achieve organizational goals through implementing processes, such as budgeting, organizational structuring, and staffing, leaders, are more intent on thinking ahead and capitalizing on opportunities (Gavin, 2019). leaders develop and innovate while manager administers and maintain. In addition, a leader promotes effective communication in an organization; communication promotes the relationship between employees. Studies have shown that transformational leadership strengths linked to the readiness to participate in requested activities, perceptions of leadership effectiveness and approval with their leader.
Area of growth:
Empathy is a crucial area to improve on while doing social work. Empathy is the ability to discern the feelings of others, understanding their experiences and using that to direct our actions. Dealing with people in social work involves understanding people’s backgrounds, interpreting that and helping them. Evidence shows that empathetic social workers are more productive, and clients who get handled with empathy have better outcomes.
A social work enterprise suffers when a foreign donor (s) withdraws, impeding on its ability to deliver funding (Lauffer, 2011). A social enterprise leader has to have excellent decision-making skills and judgment to decide on the next course of action. A decisive leader can choose to find alternative ways of funding social enterprise. The leader will apply excellent communication skills to appeal to local leaders and other public figures to contribute to the social cause.
Advocacy groups face political interference when the politicians deem them as a threat. An example is the Brazil environmental agency which has been fighting for a reduction in deforestation, mining and protection of indigenous people that live in Amazon. However, the Brazilian president has blatantly ignored their calls, and this test the abilities of advocacy groups to negotiate with the relevant authorities and come up with a compromise. A good leader, in this case, would mobilize people from different backgrounds, for example, religious and community leaders to appeal to the government and in the international community.
Identifying one’s areas of strengths and shortcomings in leadership roles goes a long way in working effectively towards desired goals. Observations suggest that the nature of social work is more compatible with leadership than management. Improving on some leadership traits has been found to help leaders deal with external factors.
Lauffer, A. (2011). Understanding your social agency (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.
Northouse, P. G. (2018). Introduction to leadership: Concepts and practice (4th ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.
Winston, B. E., & Patterson, K. (2006). An integrative definition of leadership. International journal of leadership studies, 1(2), 6-66.
Gavin, M. (2019). Leadership VS. Management: What’s the difference? Harvard Business School Online. Retrieved from
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