Running head: Leadership Assessment 2
Leadership Assessment 2
SOCW-6070: Supervision, Leadership, and Administration in Social Work Organization
Evaluate your current leadership characteristics, style, and skills
According to the text, “Leadership entails inspiring others to action around a shared vision and management functions to control, coordinate and oversee an organization’s programs and other operations.” (Lauffer, 2011).
It is important to have good leadership and management skills. Having this will have a positive effect on the delivery of services that is being provided. When reading about leadership styles, democratic leadership style best fits me. According to the text, “democratic leadership treat followers as fully capable of doing work on their own.” (Northouse, 2018). I believe each individual thrive differently, so it is important to listen, support, guide and encourage others as well as communicate effectively in order to have a positive outcome.
Actual results or summaries of the results you collected using these tools
The assessment tools I completed includes: Leadership Strength, Leadership Skills, Leadership Vision and Leadership Task and Relationship.
In completing Leadership strength, it was determined that my highest strength lies with being analytic and being a mediator. I scored (28) in both areas. In the middle I scored (25) which is being the encourager and innovator and (26) my lowest which is implementer. By participating in this questionnaire, I am able to see the areas I have my greatest strengths and the areas where I have the weakest strength. According to the text, Identifying individual strengths is a unique challenge because people often feel hesitant and inhibited about acknowledging positive aspects of themselves.” (Northouse, 2018).
In completing the Leadership skills questionnaire, it was determined that my strongest skill is democratic. I scored a (23) which is the highest score. I scored (17) on authoritarian skill. According to the text, “authoritarian style of leadership in which leaders perceive subordinates as needing direction.” (Northouse, 2018). and (14) on Laisses-Faire. According to the text, “laisses-faire sometimes labelled non leadership in which leaders ignore workers and their motivation and engage in minimal influence.” (Northouse, 2018).
Leadership vision is another questionnaire that I completed. This questionnaire is about a leader having a vision for a group or organization. According to the text, “A competent leader will have a compelling vision that challenges people to work toward a higher standard of excellence.” (Northouse, 2018). After completing the questionnaire, it was determined that my vision ability is high. I scored a (41) on this questionnaire. Leadership implement the vision; they motivate and inspire others to achieve it.
Lastly, I completed the task and relationship questionnaire. This questionnaire focused on measuring task oriented and relationship-oriented leadership. According to the text, “task leadership behaviors facilitate goal accomplishment- they are behaviors that help group members to achieve their objectives.” (Northouse, 2018). It was determined that I focused and was dominant in my task goals vs relationship goals. For my task score, I scored (64) and for my relationship score, I scored (24). With my task score being high, it showed that I pay more attention to accomplishing my goals rather than dealing with people.
The Task and Relationship is what I chose to discuss with my supervisor. When discussing this, she stated that these results are true as I am always focused on accomplishing goals than building relationships within my surroundings. Not that it is all bad but building that relationship is important too. She also stated that it’s all about having a balance with completing task and building relationships. (L. Smith, personal communication, July 31, 2019).
Identify personal leadership strengths as well as areas for improvement
Majority of my experience is within the healthcare setting. Before that I was a supervisor at my first job. Listening, being supportive and communication played a major role in that position also creating healthy boundaries. When looking at strengths I would say my strengths lies within being a mediator and an encourager. Being able to see individuals succeed brings me joy, so I love to encourage individuals never to give up on their dreams or anything they want to accomplish and that the sky is the limit. Areas I see for improvement is building relationships. I am a goal oriented individual however, I know that with working in an organization, teamwork is a must. So, working on relationships to help build in communication and teamwork would be beneficial for the organization. Communication is important in order to have a successful organization. By communicating, trust is being built, others can express themselves and teamwork can be built by working together. According to the text, “when a group is cohesive, members feel a special connection with each other and with the group as a whole.” (Northouse, 2018).
Relevant issues related to ethics, diversity, and power in the organizational setting.
According to the text, “Ethical leadership is the influence of a moral person who moves with others to do the right thing in the right way for the right reasons.” (Northouse, 2018). Being respectful, unbiased and open-minded plays a very important role within organizations.
Issues related to ethics, diversity and power includes someone who is LGBTQ that is from a different culture coming into a Christian organization for help. The director, manager or supervisor has the power to refuse or help that individual. Personal feelings or biases should be put aside to help anyone who is in need. According to the NASW, “ a social worker should help in enhancing human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people.” (NASW, 2017).
Regardless of personal ethics and values or what may be felt, social workers must remember to be self-aware of their feelings and it’s not about them but about the client. They should not treat any one differently because of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity etc. We are all equal. Prejudice and bias will create barriers as it would be going against the ethical responsibility of social workers and clients would not be able to get the help that they need.
Lauffer, A. (2011). Understanding your social agency (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.
National Association of Social Workers. (2018). Code of Ethics of National Association of social workers. Retrieved from https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics/Code-of-Ethics-English
Northouse, P. G. (2018). Introduction to leadership: Concepts and practice (4th ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.