Effective leaders often are linked to words that have positive connotations. Two such words that you explore this week are development and empowerment. When you consider something that is not developed, you may think of it as incomplete, unprepared, and generally underperforming. On the other hand, when you reflect on something that is "developed," you may think of something that is ready, complete, and performing well. What about the word empower? What does it mean? What does it mean to develop others versus empower people? This week, you explore the meanings of development and empowerment. You also consider one specific context in which effective leaders empower others: facilitating change and helping those involved in the change cope with, adapt to, and even embrace it.
By the end of this week, you should be able to:
Explain the role of leadership in fostering and supporting change
Apply strategies for helping people cope with change
Analyze similarities and differences between development and empowerment
Evaluate views of leadership authority in terms of empowerment
Identify and apply concepts related to development and empowerment of others
Please proceed to the Learning Resources.
Please read and view (where applicable) the following Learning Resources before you complete this week's assignments.
Course Text:Manning, G., & Curtis, K. (2015).The art of leadership (5th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
Chapter 4, "The Importance of Vision and the Motive to Lead"
Chapter 8, "Leadership Authority"
Chapter 9, "Empowerment in the Workplace and the Quality Imperative"
Chapter 10, "Effective Leadership and Human Relations"
Chapter 16, "The Leader as Coach"
Chapter 17, "Helping People Through Change and Burnout Prevention"
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With these Learning Resources in mind, please proceed to the Discussion.
Discussion - Week 5COLLAPSE
Empowering Change Changes occur every day. Companies are acquired by new companies. Personal and business crises demand changes in priorities. Technological advances require new skills. People relocate for personal and professional reasons. Families grow, restructure, and experience loss. The global economy encourages a new level of competition, recognition of cultural differences, and opportunities for new ideas. Effective leaders not only foster and facilitate change, they empower others to cope with, adapt to, and sometimes even embrace it. This is true empowerment given the fact that change is the constant. Leaders who empower others in addressing change possess characteristics and employ strategies that help them in this endeavor.
Application: Vignette: Collaborative Crisis Intervention at a Domestic Violence Shelter
The collaborative nature of crisis intervention benefits clients in a variety of ways, but can also bring up various ethical issues and considerations. Human services professionals often are privy to the most personal, sensitive aspects of clients' lives. When a client's situation calls for collaboration, it may be unavoidable that some of these details are shared with other parties, whether they are medical professionals, police officers, lawyers, or employees in government agencies. In some cases, human services professionals may be able to secure the services or help of other people or organizations while maintaining the confidentiality of their clients' identities. In other cases, this may not be possible and it is thus the job of the human services professional to maintain the utmost in sensitivity and discretion. Guidelines from organizations including the National Organization for Human Services, the American Psychological Association, and the American Counseling Association can help human services professionals navigate this complicated ethical terrain. Above all, human services professionals have the responsibility to treat clients with respect, empathy, and nonjudgmental acceptance. They must keep the details of their interactions with clients confidential, except when these interactions indicate that the client or someone else is in immediate danger.