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Strengths-Based Leadership: Transforming Individuals, Agencies and Communities

This workshop will be presented by The University of Alabama School of Social Work on September 20, 2018 at the Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa.

Course Description

What do our communities need from tomorrow’s social work leaders? While our future challenges may be unknown, we will likely need leaders who can navigate complex systems to engage increasingly diverse communities. This workshop rests on the assumption that we all have the capacity to lead, and is grounded in the connection between happiness, strengths, and effective leadership. Accordingly, we will use an interdisciplinary perspective to examine the importance of and strategies for enhancing our network of close relationships, discovering meaning in our work, and nurturing a positive attitude and gratitude as leaders. This strength-based and servant model of leadership holds the promise of transforming individuals, our places of work, and our communities.

Learner Objectives

Participants will:

  • Understand and apply key concepts from selected theories of leadership.
  • Design a personal philosophy of leadership.
  • Integrate knowledge and skills of effective leadership with social work core values.
  • Analyze critical value, ethical, and cultural issues related to leadership.
  • Enhance capacity to work collaboratively with others on substantive issues to catalyze change.