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SWRK 6430: Leadership & Management in Human Services
School of Social Work
Instructor: Yvonne A. Unrau

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Class 1:   Introduction
Date:   Tues-Jan-08
Reading:   All pages of this course syllabus
Dialogue: the foundation of learning in this course.
Class 2:   Leadership and the Social Work Profession
Date:   Tues-Jan-15

[Waldo] Rank, M.G., & Hutchison, W.S. (2000). An analysis of Leadership within the Social Work Profession. Journal of Social Work Education, 36(3), 487-502.

[Waldo] Lawler, J. (2007). Leadership in social work: A case of caveat emptor? British Journal of Social Work, 37, 123-141.

Assignment:   Web Posting Question. What are the basic concepts or terms being explored in both papers? How do these definitions affect the framing/understanding of the "state of leadership" within the social work profession? For helpful guidelines (in PDF format) on how to post a message to a Web discussion board, click here.
Class 3:   Servant Leadership
Date:   Tues-Jan-22

[Waldo] Farling, M.L., Stone, A.G., & Winston, B.E. (1999). Servant leadership: Setting the stage for empirical research. Journal of Leadership Studies,6 (1/2), 49-72.

Assignment:   Web Posting Question. Attend a MLK event at WMU or in the community. Briefly describe the event attended and discuss the qualities of leadership, if any, presented. Then, given what you learned (or know) about Martin Luther King, Jr., discuss whether or not you think Farling, Stone & Winston (1999) would consider him to be a servant leader. To get more information on MLK, click here.
Class 4:   Feedback, Critical Thinking and Leadership
Date:   Tues-Jan-29
Assignment:   Web Posting Question. How do the skills of giving and receiving feedback and critical thinking fit with your idea of leadership?
Class 5:   Leadership Theories
Date:   Tues-Feb-05

Leadership Theories - Overview (Read each theory - from "Great Man" to Transformational).


Web Posting Question. What are the short-term and long-term implications (for you as a developing professional) of having a variety of leadership theories to draw from? Which theory resonates most for you? Explain why.

Class 6:   Leadership Style and Organizational Fit
Date:   Tues-Feb-12

[Waldo] Mani, B.G. (1995). Progress on the journey to Total Quality Management: Using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Adjective Check List in Management Development. Public Personnel Management, 24.

[Waldo] Hanbury, G.L., Sapat, A., & Washington, C.W. (2004). Know yourself and take charge of your own destiny: The "Fit Model" of leadership. Public Administration Review, 64 (5), 566-576.

  • Complete on-line Jung Typology Test. Print out test score and bring to class (credit/no credit).
  • Web Posting Question. What point of view is being expressed in the above papers? What assumptions inform or limit this point of view?
Class 7:   Transformational Leadership in Social Work
Date:   Tues-Feb-19

[Waldo] Fisher, E.A. (2005). Facing the challenges of outcome measurement: The role of transformational leadership. Administration in Social Work, 29(4), 35-49.

[Waldo] Mary, N.L. (2005). Transformational leadership in human service organizations, Administration in Social Work, 29(2), 105-118.

  • Complete on-line Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) Record your scores and bring to class. (credit/no credit).
  • Web Posting Question. What are the biases and assumptions behind the inferences or conclusions of the above readings?
Class 8:   Leadership, Management & Ethics
Date:   Tues-Feb-26

[Waldo] Wimpfheimer, S. (2004). Leadership and management competencies defined by practicing social work managers: An overview of standards developed by the National Network for Social Work Managers, Administration in Social Work, 28(1), 45-56.

Best practices for social workers in management and leadership positions (developed by National Network of Social Work Managers).

NASW Code of Ethics

[Waldo] Keller, E.K. (2005). 12 Steps for ethical leadership. Public Management, 87(10), 2-3.

Assignment:   Web Posting Question. What is the problem or issue being described or addressed in the articles assigned for today's reading?
No Class   Spring Break
Date:   Tues-Mar-04
    Relax, catch-up, get ahead, find balance.
Class 9:   Clients as Leaders
Date:   Tues-Mar-11

[Waldo] Seita, J. (2004). Strength-based approaches expand into leadership. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 13, 22-25.

[Waldo] Hardina, D. (2005). Ten characteristics of empowerment-oriented social service organizations. Administration in Social Work, 29, 23-42.

Assignment:   Web Posting Question. Think about the different leadership theories explored in previous classes. Which leadership theory best accomodates the idea of empowering clients to become leaders of organizations that serve them? How would you modify that theory to better explain this idea?
Class 10:   Emotional Intelligence
Date:   Tues-Mar-18

[Waldo] George, J.M. (2000). Emotions and leadership: The role of emotional intelligence. Human Relations, 53(8), 1027-1055.

[Waldo] Morrison, T. (2007). Emotional intelligence, emotion and social work: Context, characteristics, complications and contribution. British Journal of Social Work, 37, 245-263.

  • Complete on-line Emotional Intelligence Test. Print out test score and bring to class (credit/no credit).
  • Web Posting Question. Which of the different leadership theories explored in previous classes most resonates for you? How does the idea of emotional intelligence fit with that theory?
Class 11:   Multi-cultural Development and Culture in Organizations
Date:   Tues-Mar-25

[Waldo] Hyde, C.A. (2004). Multicultural development in human service agencies: Challenges and solutions. Social Work, 49(1), 7-16.

[Waldo] Jaskyte, K., & Dressler, W.W. (2005). Organizational culture and innovation in nonprofit human service organizations. Administration in Social Work, 29(2), 23-41.

Assignment:   Web Posting Question. How can leadership be used to improve the multi-cultural climate in social service organizations?
Class 12:   Student Presentations - Work Day
Date:   Tues-Apr-01

Students identify readings and Web Posting Question for their presentation.

Assignment:   Individual groups meet with instructor.
Class 13:   Student Presentations
Date:   Tues-Apr-08

Yunus article (sent to students via e-mail)

  • Web Question. Your web question for next week: Which leadership theory do you think fits best with empowering women/minorities?  Why?  Which leadership theory do you think would be least effective?  Why?
  • Presentation Feedback Form
Class 14:   Student Presentations
Date:   Tues-Apr-15
Reading:   Group 1
  • Hess, F.M. & Kelly, A.P. (2005). The Accidental Principal. Education Next, 5 (3), 35 - 40.
  • Kelley, R. C., Thornton, B. & Daugherty, R. (2005). Relationship between measures of leadership and school climate. Education 126 (1), 17 - 25.

Group 1 . How does leadership effect school climate?  Which leadership theory would most effectively foster a positive school environment?

Presentation Feedback Form

Class 15:   Final Exam Week
Date:   Tues-Apr-22

Final Assignment Due

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