Developing Leaders Within an Organization
The following resources describe leadership competencies that are important for successful child welfare management, and they explore how effective leadership programs have been implemented. State and local examples are included.
Building the Leadership Pipeline in Local, State, and Federal Government: The Second in a Series of Research Studies on Leading Issues in Public-Sector Human Resource Management.
CPS Human Resource Services (2005)
Presents results of a study that identifies and describes what jurisdictions at local, State, and Federal levels are doing to ensure an adequate supply of experienced talent for the future.
Could You Benefit From an Executive Coach?
Children's Voice, January/February 2005
Describes the benefits to organizations of an executive coach, especially for CEOs looking to reach higher efficiency, improve their management skills, work through a difficult situation, or for new executives starting out in a company.
Creating Excellence in Child Welfare Leadership
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (2002)
Reviews critical leadership competencies, provides an overview of the leadership curriculum, and profiles State-specific implementation strategies.
Mandatory Management Training for Newly Hired Child Welfare Supervisors: A Difference Between Management Research and Training Practice
Administration in Social Work: The Quarterly Journal of Human Services Management, 28, 2004
Assesses 31 State-sponsored management training programs for newly hired child welfare supervisors using Menefee and Thompson's (1994) 12 social work managerial dimensions. Research suggests that strategic, interpersonal, and technical skills and competencies are important for successful social welfare management.
National Child Welfare Leadership Institute
Develops and provides leadership skills of mid-level managers in public and Tribal child welfare agencies to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families in those systems.
ZERO TO THREE's Model of Leadership Development: Knowing and Doing in the Context of Relationships
Kellegrew & Youcha (2004)
Provides an overview of ZERO TO THREE's Leadership Development Initiative and Leadership Model, a model that involves a relationship-based collaborative process whereby individuals or groups act to bring about positive change in the lives of young children and their families.
State and local examples
DFCS Training for New County Directors: Workshop No. 1: Leadership Trainer's Guide (PDF - 1219 KB)
Georgia Department of Human Resources (2006)
Trains new county directors in all aspects of child welfare leadership.
Leadership Development in Child Welfare
Northwest Institute for Children and Families
Describes a 9-day leadership development course for frontline staff and supervisors that focuses on developing a mission and an organizational culture to support it through acquiring informal influence in units and offices, collaboration, cultural competence, and the future of child welfare.