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Responsive Leadership in Social Services
A Practical Approach for Optimizing Engagement and Performance

  • Stephen de Groot - Myriad Consultation and Counseling and University of Manitoba
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July 2015 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Written for new and experienced social services managers and supervisors alike, Responsive Leadership in Social Services provides the practical tools, strategies, and insights to inspire, motivate, and engage employees and staff. Along with over 100 strategies and two simple tools—the Key Performance Motivators Scale (KPMS) and the Preferred Leadership Profile (PLP)—a wealth of practice wisdom, scholarship, and evidence-based research is presented to demonstrate the role of effective leadership and how it achieves positive client outcomes.

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Acknowledgments
 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
PART I. A Case for Responsive Leadership
 
Chapter 1. Embracing Social Service Realities: Impediments to Preferred Practice and Quality Supervision
Social Service Workers: A Motivated and Committed Resource

 
Social Services: A Tough Work Environment

 
The Loss of Great Helpers: Implications for Employee and Client Outcomes

 
Supervision: A Possible Solution in a Crisis

 
Summary of Important Points

 
Personal Leader Reflections and Considerations

 
References

 
 
Chapter 2. Responsive Leadership: From Supervision to Inspiration
Leadership Defined

 
Quality and Effective Leadership: Key Ingredients

 
The Road to Responsive Leadership Approach

 
The Building Blocks of a Responsive Leadership Approach

 
The Guiding Priorities of Responsive Leadership

 
Summary of Important Points

 
Personal Leader Reflections and Considerations

 
 
PART II. From Concepts to Practice: Responsive Leadership Strategies and Tools
 
Chapter 3. Perception Is Everything
Perceptions of Effective Supervision and Quality Leadership

 
The Employee and the Employee’s Story

 
The Preferred Leadership Profile: Purpose

 
The Preferred Leadership Profile: Structure and Process

 
Ensuring Success: The Dos and Don’ts of the PLP

 
Summary of Important Points

 
Personal Leader Reflections and Considerations

 
References

 
 
Chapter 4. Meaning Making: Practical Strategies for Understanding and Accessing the Employee Story
Discovery and the Employee Story

 
Barriers to an Accurate Understanding of the Employee Story

 
Well-Intentioned and Unfortunate Pitfalls: Two Very Different Case Situations

 
The Importance of Relationships and Communication

 
Getting to Better by Accessing the Employee Story

 
Responsive Leadership: Priorities, Strategies, and Tools

 
Responsive Communication and Relations-Oriented Discovery

 
Discovery Responses and Discovery Questions

 
Making Meaning of the Challenge for Valerie

 
Important Comments on Meaning-Making Responses and Questions

 
Summary of Important Points

 
Personal Leader Reflections and Considerations

 
 
Chapter 5. A Strengths Focus and Quality Leadership
A Dire Need to Emphasize Strengths

 
Challenges to a Strengths Focus in Supervision and Management

 
A Problem Focus and Implications for Workers

 
Using a Strengths Approach to Enhance Quality Leadership

 
The Profound Implications of a Strengths Approach

 
Summary of Important Points

 
Personal Leader Reflections and Considerations

 
References

 
 
Chapter 6. Doing Quality Leadership: Practical Strategies for Inspiring
Relationship Domain

 
Vision and Values Domain

 
Mission and Goals Domain

 
Appreciative Domain

 
Personal and/or Professional Growth Domain

 
Feedback Domain

 
Strengths Domain

 
Summary of Important Points

 
Personal Leader Reflections and Considerations

 
 
Chapter 7. Understanding and Approaching Resistance and Opposition
What Are Resistance and Opposition?

 
Types of Resistance and Opposition

 
A Real Dilemma: Misunderstanding Employee Resistance and Opposition

 
Common and Problematic Beliefs About Resistance and Opposition

 
A Different Perspective: Resistance and Opposition as Information

 
Proactive Approaches for Minimizing and Even Eliminating Opposition and Resistance

 
Important Considerations for Supervisors to Avoid Resistance Altogether

 
Similar Behaviors, Different Meaning

 
Guiding Principles for Dealing Effectively With Resistance and Opposition

 
Revisiting Situation 2 From Chapter 4: Getting James Back on the Floor

 
Care-Fronting James: Approaching Resistance and Opposition, A Process Guide for Leaders

 
Summary of Important Points

 
Personal Leader Reflections and Considerations

 
 
Chapter 8. Epilogue
Where to Go From Here? Final Leadership Reflections and Considerations

 
 
Appendix A
 
Appendix B
 
Appendix C
 
Appendix D

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

A Preferred Leadership Profile (PLP) and Key Performance Motivators Scale (KPMS) are available to those using this book. To access these tools, visit study.sagepub.com/degroot.

“Responsive Leadership has enhanced our capacity more than any other approach undertaken. . . . De Groot’s approach has improved employee and client outcomes.”

John Colangeli , CEO, Lutherwood, Waterloo, Canada

“A useful yet practical approach any social service supervisor would find helpful.”

Gregg Allinson, Beaufort County Community College

“The author has articulated solid supervisory practices which are consistent with my view of the field of supervision in the human services. I also concur with his important contribution of providing students with hands-on tools that they can carry and use in the field.”

Denise K Sommers, University of Illinois Springfield

“De Groot presents an undercover point-of-view of the social service agency by providing students with perspectives and actions from a supervisor’s normal day in the trenches of organizational supervision.”

Juanita Johnson, Union Institute and University

“[D]e Groot’s commitment to the success and fulfillment of employees is apparent in his thoughtful and authentic approach to supervision . . . Through the application of practical and straightforward strategies based on communication and feedback strategies, [de Groot] offers a unique approach to supervision practice based on the ‘how’ of positive communication.”

Leslie W. O’Ryan, Western Illinois University - Quad Cities

Useful additional text.

Miss Amy Allen
School of Health & Social Care, Nottingham Trent University
February 25, 2019

By providing two models for leaders to explore, this detailed, practical book is solution-focussed in its approach. The case examples coach the individual, enabling them to rehearse scenarios and reflect on their own leadership.

Mr Dave Mason
Faculty of Health Sciences, Staffordshire University
July 12, 2016

Not aligned with course.

Mr Luis A. Perez
Social Work Social Sci Div, Roberts Wesleyan College
January 18, 2016

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