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Building a Management Team
Effective management includes the ability to create a team of individuals that can carry out the work of the agency, pursue the agency's mission and goals, use resources well, address challenges, and ensure delivery of quality services to children and families over time. The following resources describe the importance of management teams and provide guidance for effective team building.
Leadership and Management Competencies Defined by Practicing Social Work Managers: An Overview of Standards Developed by the National Network for Social Work Managers
Administration in Social Work, 28(1), 2004
Reviews a set of tools designed to improve management skills and ultimately the quality of service delivery in agencies, focusing on the 10 competencies needed to run a well-functioning, high-quality organization.
Leadership and Management Practice Standards
The National Network for Social Work Managers
Provides a set of practice standards for social work managers that includes descriptions of the level of practice that is expected of experienced and academically trained professionals.
Leading with Integrity
In Managing at the Leading Edge: New Challenges in Managing Nonprofit Organizations
Demonstrates that people who succeed in leadership positions mobilize around the mission; focus people on results; build a small, focused team; and invest in leadership and management development so that everyone is motivated to achieve the organization's objectives.
Results Oriented Management in Child Welfare
University of Kansas School of Social Welfare
Provides free, web-based training designed to assist child welfare program staff in meeting the Adoption and Safe Families Act challenge of managing programs and supervising staff to achieve more specific results for children and families within shorter periods of time while keeping child safety paramount.
Senior Leadership Teams: What It Takes to Make Them Great
Offers guidance on how to capture and harness the benefits of executive teams without falling victim to the problems and miscues that often derail them. It is based on results of a study examining the functioning of more than 120 leadership teams worldwide.