Self-leadership in social work: Reflections from practice

Self-leadership in social work: Reflections from practice

By: Bill McKitterick (author)Paperback

Only 1 in stock

£18.89 RRP £20.99  You save £2.10 (10%) & FREE Saver Delivery on orders over £20


This book is a call for confident, skilled and knowledgeable practice in social work. The current managerialist agenda has restricted judgement and the exercise of discretion in the profession, and, more damagingly, has played down the social justice components of social work, as well as the responsibilities for therapeutic and change-orientated interventions. This book explores how, through strong self-leadership, social workers can both explain and demonstrate how social work can achieve positive change. Offering a fresh and innovative view on leadership for social workers, managers of social services and social work students at all levels, the book identifies tactics and strategies to provide leadership both within a team and in senior positions.

About Author

Bill McKitterick is a social worker now working in supervision and leadership. He has been a director of social services for ten years, including leading workforce development. He has worked in programmes to improve social work practice in local authority services following critical inspections and has contributed through the British Association of Social Workers and the College of Social Work to the national reform programme.


Introduction; The meaning and the exercise of leadership in social work; The leadership vacuum; The sources of leadership in the social work profession and social work services; Clarity of purpose in social work practice; The social work manager as a leader, colleague and champion; Leadership within direct practice; Leadership within a multi-disciplinary environment; Optimism, filling the vacuum and taking the lead.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781447314851
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9781447314851
  • ISBN10: 1447314859

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly