The Leadership Equation: Strategies for Individuals Who Are Champions for Children, Youth, and Families / Edition 1

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When mental health professionals are promoted into leadership roles, they're often expected to "hit the ground running" with little training or experience. This eye-opening book is the perfect way for new leaders to fill that gap in professional development—and help their organization meet the needs of children and families.

Bringing to book form the principles and practices behind the renowned Georgetown University Leadership Development Program, this essential resource dispels the myths about good leadership and sheds light on the values and actions that steer an individual and an organization toward success. Mental health administrators and program developers will

  • learn about five effective leadership styles—and how to choose the right one for different contexts and situations
  • master the shift between multiple leadership functions within their organization or system
  • develop specific skills and attitudes associated with good leadership, such as being flexible, welcoming diverse perspectives, and knowing when to relinquish some control
  • build productive, collaborative relationships with a wide array of providers, consultants, case managers, and community agencies
  • overcome personal, organizational, and environmental obstacles to effective leadership
  • strengthen resilience by using proven strategies for managing stress and adversity
  • ensure that their personal values align with a strengths-based, family-centered, and culturally competent system of care

Throughout the book, the expert contributors distill the best of today's theory and research on leadership and bring key points to life with real-world examples and anecdotes. And practical worksheets help readers address conflict, improve their resiliency, clarify their views of leadership, collaborate effectively during team meetings, and more.

No matter where readers are on their leadership journey—whether they're new to their roles or veterans seeking to renew their passion and commitment—this book will help them master the skills they need to guide and motivate staff, bring about positive systems change, and ensure the best outcomes for children and families.

Learn more about the Systems of Care for Children's Mental Health series.

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Editorial Reviews

David Satcher

"As former Surgeon General of the United States and the Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, I can attest to the importance of leadership qualities to address the mental health needs of children and youth in America. This book provides valuable insights, real-world examples, and practical tools, and is an excellent resource for all leaders in the field."
Director, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - A. Kathryn Power
"Developing leaders is critical to the transformation of mental health care systems and particularly important to improving the lives of children, youth, and families in America. Leaders make decisions, guide practice, inform peers, galvanize change, and promote quality. As an eternal student of leadership, I have studied multiple strategies, tactics, tasks, and competencies of leadership. This book is an outstanding resource to anyone interested in becoming a champion in the field."
President & CEO, The Florida Center for Child and Family Development; Georgetown University Leadership Academy Graduate - Kathryn Shea
"Nothing short of inspiring, brilliant, passionate, and mobilizing . . . the perfect how-to book for anyone who wants to improve their leadership abilities. We in the non-profit world have been waiting for this book for a very long time."
CEO, New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative; Georgetown University Leadership Academy Graduate - Linda Roebuck
"Inspirational and practical . . . describes the art and the science of leadership. While written for emerging leaders, it is a valuable tool for experienced leaders as well. This book is for everyone who aspires to or finds themselves in a leadership role."
National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health; Georgetown University Leadership Academy Graduate - Gwen Palmer
"Whether you're a new leader or a more seasoned one, this book will get you motivated to try a new way of thinking about leadership! You will be encouraged . . . to step into your power as a visionary to lead others. I highly recommend!"
Director, Cultural Competence and Diversity Initiatives; Georgetown University Leadership Academy Graduate - Lenora Reid-Rose
"Incredibly valuable . . . the material is presented in a manner that is easy to use and allows for learning, no matter your position or status. An excellent resource that can help leaders assess, plan, and recast the direction of services for children and their families."
Professor and Chair, Department of Child and Family Studies, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, Universi - Mario Hernandez
"Attends to the necessary ingredient that I believe is associated with the success of local systems of care. I recommend this book to anyone who dreams of leading community transformations aimed at improving the lives of children."
Project Director, System of Care Initiative, Impact-Ingham County, Michigan; Georgetown University Leadership Academy Gr - Matt Wojack
"Leadership bridges the values and philosophy of systems of care with on-the-ground pragmatism. I appreciate The Leadership Equation as a valuable new support for the wide range of potential leaders in communities like ours."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598570922
  • Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Blau is a clinical psychologist and chief of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services. In this role, he provides national leadership for children's mental health and for creating systems of care across the country. Prior to this, Dr. Blau was Bureau Chief of Quality Management and Director of Mental Health at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and Director of Clinical Services at the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut. He also holds a clinical faculty appointment at the Yale Child Study Center.

Dr. Blau was formerly a member of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Director’s Division of Children, Youth and Families, and from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 2000, he was the division’s Chairperson. Dr. Blau has received several awards, including the prestigious Pro Humanitate Literary Award for “literary works that best exemplify the intellectual integrity and moral courage required to transcend political and social barriers to promote best practice in the field of child welfare,” the Connecticut Governor’s Service Award, the Phoebe Bennet Award for outstanding contribution to children’s mental health in Connecticut, and the Making a Difference Award presented by Connecticut’s Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Most recently, he was the recipient of the 2009 Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Meritorious Service for his national leadership in children’s mental health.

Dr. Blau has numerous journal publications and has been the editor of several books, including the recently published Handbook of Childhood Behavioral Issues: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment (Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2008), Family Influences on Childhood Behavior and Development (Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2008), and The System of Care Handbook: Transforming Mental Health Services for Children, Youth, and Families (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 2008). He received his Ph.D. from Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama) in 1988.

Ms. Ciano is Executive Director of the Parent Support Network of Rhode Island, a statewide family organization that advocates for the needs of families who have children, youth, and/or young adults at risk for, or experiencing, mental health and related challenges. As a family leader, Ms. Ciano has been an active partner in changing state policy as it relates to children’s mental health, provides ongoing training in developing family driven practices, and continues to develop and empower a strong cadre of family leaders to be actively engaged in reducing stigma associated with mental health issues. She is also a member of the Georgetown University Leadership Academy faculty. Cathy is a strong advocate for the Public Health Approach to Children’s Mental Health, which emphasizes promotion and prevention. Ms. Ciano has over 20 years of experience raising five children, two with very significant mental health needs.

Ms. CrossBear is an Ojibwe/Irish mother and grandmother, storyteller, and leader in traditional healing methodologies. She has demonstrated her lifelong commitment through 30 years of leadership in human services fields.

Dr. Davis has held the Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy since 2000. He served as director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health from 2003 to 2008 and was Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services during the Governor Wilder administration, 1990–1995.

Dr. Gregory is a clinical psychologist whose expertise as a clinician, administrator, trainer, and consultant has included work in substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, juvenile justice, child welfare, school-based mental health, and behavioral h

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Table of Contents

Series Preface

Editorial Advisory Board

About the Editors

About the Contributors


Introduction: A Philosophy and Framework for Leadership in Children's Services 1

I The Call to Lead

1 Personal Vision and Leadership Coretta Mallery Mallery, Coretta 7

2 Personal Values and Leadership Knute Rotto Rotto, Knute 21

II Leading in the Context of Human Service Delivery

3 Leadership functions and Styles Cathy Ciano Ciano, Cathy 37

4 The Work of Leadership in Systems Change for Human Services and Education: Addressing the Adaptive Challenge Albert Zachik Zachik, Albert 53

III The Leader in Action

5 Building Strategic Relationships Jessica Raper Raper, Jessica 87

6 Building Common Ground Elizabeth Z. Waetzig Waetzig, Elizabeth Z. 107

7 Adaptation and Innovation Coretta Mallery Mallery, Coretta 141

IV Aspiration, Inspiration, and Survival

8 Understanding, Overcoming Pitfalls Sandra A. Spencer Spencer, Sandra A. 155

9 Resilience for Leaders in Times of Change W. Henry Gregory, Jr Gregory, W. Henry, Jr 167

V Leadership within a Cultural and Organizational Context

10 Culture and Leadership in Systems of Care Dnika J. Travis Travis, Dnika J. 199

Index 227

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