Prioritizing Leadership Development in Our Field

By: Charmaine Brittain, Butler Institute for Families, University of Denver & Tracy Wareing Evans, APHSA  |  October 2018


Today’s health and human services agencies recognize the importance of leadership development, yet too often don’t know which direction to take, or get wrapped up in trying to follow the latest leadership fads. Instead, agencies should eschew trendy approaches and focus on solid strategies and principles that embody timeless messages, including distributing leadership, focusing on strengths, and developing a learning culture.

Distributive leadership means developing leadership at every organizational level to acknowledge the contribution made by all staff—as the frontline staff of today will lead agencies tomorrow. Leadership development has shifted from an executive-level focus to recognizing the importance of leadership development for all agency levels, which then provides...

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