Transformational Leadership for the Helping Professions: Engaging Head, Heart, and Soul

Transformational Leadership for the Helping Professions: Engaging Head, Heart, and Soul

by Jean F. East


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Twenty-first-century challenges abound for people in leadership roles in the helping professions (i.e., social work, nursing, teaching, public health, and social services). It is the mission of these professionals to facilitate change not only for consumers of their work, but also for organizations and communities. While many books written for human services leaders focus on leadership roles and tasks, Transformational Leadership for the Helping Professions explores growth in leadership, coupled with key competencies. The text also combines both classic and current theories on leadership, with a philosophical lens on its meaning and practice in human services settings. Social workers, nurses, teachers, public health workers, and community leaders will find the text to be a useful guide in strengthening their consideration of leadership theory while they practice in day-to-day work. Additionally, educators and students of leadership in the helping professions will gain a solid understanding of key facets of leadership practice within a framework that inspires a social justice, empowerment, and cultural humility perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190912437
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/29/2018
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jean F. East, PhD, MSW, is Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. Spanning four decades, her career in social work has been dedicated to work in organizations and communities for the increased well-being of society.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: A Leadership Framework
Chapter Two: Leadership Theory: Embracing Theory as Bridge For Change
Chapter Three: Where Is Leadership? It Is Everywhere
Chapter Four: Leadership Begins with You
Chapter Five: Leading with Heart and Soul
Chapter Six: Leading with Cultural Responsiveness and Ethics
Chapter Seven: Enabling Change and Innovation
Chapter Eight: Visioning a Future While Living in the Present
Chapter Nine: Promoting Culture and Teamwork
Chapter Ten: The Journey Forward


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