Being effective and remaining human
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The health of organisations is still primarily to do with the quality of the people who work in them. Nearly all international and national reports, public and private sector documents, inquiries and investigations tell us that more and better leadership at all levels in organisations is an imperative. Modern leadership, as it has always been, in truth, is about helping to bring the leadership qualities out of those we work with, so that leadership can be there at all levels.
"Leadership is the vital spark in creating and maintaining value-based and effective services at a time of unprecedented change. Peter Gilbert has used his own considerable experience, and a wide range of sources, to give practical help in ethical-based leadership to managers of human services at all levels" Jo Williams, CEO, Royal Mencap, and former DSS of Wigan and Cheshire.
"Leadership can make the difference in the field of human services. Bringing together ideas, theory and practical examples of leadership in action, Peter Gilbert has delivered a text that will be of enormous benefit." Professor Antony Sheehan, Director of Care Services, DoH.
Leadership has been around since the dawn of time, and has been a necessary part of the human condition because it speaks of discovering and giving a sense of direction, and walking with people on a journey. Leadership is to do with pathfinding; it is about 'we' more than 'I'; and it is about both the courage to stick with a certain direction against all the odds, and also, paradoxically, sometimes having the courage to acknowledge that the current direction is wrong and a new direction needs to be sought. Leadership is never something that you grasp for yourself, but is a privilege and a gift, ultimately conferred on us by those we serve.
This book considers leadership and its purposes in depth: why we need leaders; the need to lead oneself before one leads others; and the theoretical base of leadership. It goes on to look at leadership in practice, with special consideration of changing organisational configurations, especially in the public sector, and the part that organisational culture plays in helping us get the right 'recipe' for an organisation or group. It concludes by looking at how leadership can go wrong, particularly around issues of discrimination and oppression; considers how they can be addressed in creating a truly person-centred organisation; and guides the reader to various sources from which they can learn more about 'bringing out the best'.
Large format paperback. 144 pages. 978-1-903855-76-8. Published 2005. £18.95.
Leadership: what is it?
Leadership: description and purpose
The need for leaders in today's world
Theories of leadership
Integrating Theory and Practice
Who leaders are and what leaders do
Leading in new organisations
Creating Person-Centred Services
Power and authority
Making the difference
Conclusion: 'it's humanity - stoopid!'
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
PETER GILBERT is NIMHE/SCIE Fellow in Social Care (Policy and Practice), Project Lead for the National Institute on 'Spirituality & Mental Health and Visiting Professor in Health and Social Care at Staffordshire University. A former Director of Social Services for Worcestershire and qualified Social Worker with thirteen years of direct practice, Peter specialised in Learning Disability and Mental Health in the 1980's, publishing several books including The Value of Everything: Social Work and Its Importance in Mental Health (RHP 2003).
Peter received the following commendations whilst completing his work:
"This book addresses some of the critical issues to be faced with regard to leadership in the 21st century. Growing diverse leadership skills is a major priority for developing holistic services fit for the future." Jane Campbell, MBE, Chair SCIE.
"Leadership is the vital spark in creating and maintaining value-based and effective services at a time of unprecedented change. Peter Gilbert has used his own considerable experience, and a wide range of sources, to give practical help in ethical-based leadership to managers of human services at all levels"
Jo Williams, CEO, Royal Mencap, and former DSS of Wigan and Cheshire
"Leadership makes the difference in the field of human services. Peter Gilbert, our experienced and highly regarded leader in his own right, has done a great job with this text. Bringing together ideas, theory and practical examples of leadership in action, Peter has delivered a text that which will be of enormous benefit to everyone holding or aspiring to leadership positions."
Professor Antony Sheehan, Director of Care Services, DoH.
"Leaders are accused of stating vacuous claims and hollow soundbites. A perception persists that leaders are intent purely on serving their own interests. This is as true in health and social care as anywhere else so it is particularly good to see the emergence of a rallying cry to more reflective leadership based on integrity. Peter Gilbert has earned the right to speak with authority on this subject, as he does so well here."
Hari Sewell, Director of Social care and Substance Misuse for Camden and Islington Care Trust
"Leadership has become important subject for exploration in all areas of public life and not least in the churches. This timely exploration is linked to a range of questions about how authority is understood and received today. Peter Gilbert's wide experience of 'hands on' leadership from the armed forces to health care informs what he has to share in this book. He has become a leader in helping a range of Christian denominations and training organizations to understand the implications of new forms of leadership for their members. This comprehensive book comes at just the right time to help develop and provoke a debate which should be at the heartbeat of the life of our major public institutions and faith communities."Malcolm Grundy, Director, Foundation for Church Leadership.
"Looks at ethical leadership. It focuses on managing change in services, including youth work, social care and community justice, and examines the importance of cultivating appropriate organizational culture, with sections on how to integrate theory and practice and creating person-centred services." Young People Now.
"Leadership is one of the fashionable words of the moment. We need to ask why… here is a book to begin to get thinking back on course… a stimulating and accessible introduction." Malcolm Grundy.
"This is probably the best book on management I have ever read. It combines the latest insights and research into management and leadership with a clear commitment to social care." Extra Mile.
"Interesting, challenging… it seeks to explore key themes for those who have leadership or management roles in work with young people, and who are required to balance effective and rigorous pursuit of targets and goals with a commitment to values and principles which should pervade our activities at all levels. There is an immense amount of useful material here which can be available as a resource or used to enhance professional development opportunities." Youth and Policy.
"The chapter on the use - and potential abuse - of personal power and authority is essential reading. Leadership is not just ascribed to those in hierarchical positions of responsibility either, but discusses in the context of self, colleagues and the user movement. A book with a lighter style in this vital area is very welcome. There are plenty of stories and good diagrammatic representation to illustrate theoretical points, and suggestions for further work. This book is suitable for anyone practising leadership at whatever level and provides excellent scope for reflection on personal aspirations and performance." Jennifer Bernard in Social Caring.
"You really feel Gilbert's passion about human services and leadership as you work your way through this book. He has a lot to say and does so drawing on a range of sources to support his argument, from theory and conceptual models to anecdotes and case studies… provides a clear articulation of the dangers that might ensue if leaders become disconnected from the core purpose of their organisations and services and their personal values and passion….asserts a powerful and clear image of the human service leader: someone who is personally aware and socially competent; draws upon their personal values to inform their professional and leadership practice; is committed to working alongside and empowering others, especially those disadvantaged by circumstance; holds a passion for making a difference and creating meaning in the workplace; uses their experience - both good and bad - to influence subsequent actions and is reflective and willing to learn." The International Journal of Leadership in Public Services.
"A unique account of leadership…adopts a largely novel approach to the area giving a wealth of material for managers at all levels, mixing case studies and narrative. The constant underpinning theme throughout is the need for leadership to be grounded in a strong ethical framework… an enlightening, individual and thought-provoking analysis of leadership." The International Journal of Leadership in Public Services.
"The author draws on his extensive experience…A huge amount of information is presented…well signposted and it is possible to dip into the material…reminds us that leadership occurs at all levels…impressive review of the literature and resources…" Nursing Standard.
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