The 5 C’s of Leadership in Social Work Organisations

ProfManagement
Jan 3 · 5 min read
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Leadership is a diverse phenomenon. When it comes to precise definitions, a hundred people would come up with more than a hundred different concepts regarding leadership. Despite its ubiquitous diversity, it can be characterized by someone’s abilities to empower others on an individual, organisational, or community level. In other words, it is a way of directing colleagues or followers in an organization towards specific goals to cope with the customers’ and companies’ needs. Within the health and social service sector, a newly qualified practitioner with no formal leadership position may as well undertake leadership roles, such as in a team or project. They may also be aware of the different, commonly used leadership approaches.

Classical Leadership Approaches

1. Trait Approach

2. Contingency Approach

Paul Hersey and Kenneth Blanchard developed a situational leadership model. This approach defines the leader as a passive person just like a manager. This defines the leader as not just the one who is a sum of a series of concepts, but the one who acts like a leader as well. This is so as the leadership is a blend of personality and the social environment. In the Hersey and Blanchard model, the behavioural approach contains both directive and supportive dimensions. Carrying these two dimensions in mind, this approach can be considered as a summary of four essential strategies for leading people which are directing, coaching, supporting and delegating.

3. Transformational and Transactional Approaches

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The Five C’s of Leadership

  1. Clarity: To successful run a social work organization, all reasoning and decisions must abide by the organisation’s purpose and must be clearly articulated.
  2. Care: Despite fixed rules implemented everywhere, leaders should take care and show respect for the well-being of all team members.
  3. Communication: By effective communication, the whole organization can be turned into a town square. This will, thus, decrease the harmful impacts of communication gaps. Not limited to the leaders, but when communication tools are utilized effectively, the workers will feel free to speak up and share their thoughts whenever it is needed.
  4. Collaboration: One of the foremost peculiarities in a social work organization is that the leader must have the ability to pull workers together and to make them work on a particular task.
  5. Courage: As every commitment you make or the best business deal you want to get done is uncertain, so also a risk-taking attitude is a fundamental pillar for achieving your goals. To put it with Winston Churchill:

“Courage is truly regarded as the foremost of the virtue as the whole organization is dependent upon it.’’

These are just a few approaches to be mentioned. To summarise the Lesson Learned for today:

  • Classical theory explored leadership with regard to certain traits and personality factors, contextual and situational factors as well as transformational vs. transactional approaches.
  • Leadership is the ability of leaders to empower other people and to influence the relationship between leaders and followers. In short, leadership is — to have followers.

References:

Aibieyi, S (2014). Approaches, Skills and Styles of Leadership in Organisations. Review of Public Administration and Management, 3(5), 51–56. URL https://www.arabianjbmr.com/pdfs/RPAM_VOL_3_5/6.pdf [03/01/2021].

Bass, B. M. (1990). Bass and Stogdill ’s Handbook of Leadership: A Survey of Theory and Research. New York: Free Press.

Burns, J. M. (1978). Leadership. London, New York, NY: Harper & Row.

Nelson, A. (n.d.). How Social Leadership is Changing the Way We Lead. URL https://gethppy.com/leadership/social-leadership-changing [03/01/2021].

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Researcher, Writer, Poet with interest amongst others in #Acwri #OrganisationResearch #Leadershipresearch #HigherEducation #SocialSciencePoetry

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