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ERIC Number: EJ880170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7333
Qualities and Practices of Professional Social Work Leadership in an Interdisciplinary Mental Health Service: An Action Learning Approach
McNabb, David; Webster, Michael
Action Learning: Research and Practice, v7 n1 p41-57 Mar 2010
Since the mid-1980s, health service restructuring in New Zealand has strengthened managerialism, arguably detracting from professional considerations. Professional leaders without line-management responsibilities have replaced social work departments headed by a professional social worker. An emerging social work contribution to interdisciplinary leadership in mental health settings aims to advance quality of service and fill social work leadership gaps resulting from structural changes created by health policy initiatives. In the context of limited research into these changes, this paper presents an action learning organic approach examining how social work professional leaders implemented Kouzes and Posner's "exemplary leadership" in a District Health Board. This examination integrates indigenous Maori approaches to leadership with Western models. Findings suggest both caution and optimism about the professional leader "role". The paper suggests further research to explore the relationship of professional leadership and clinical governance in public health services. (Contains 1 table and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand