Social Work Leadership: Emotional Intelligence in a Rural BSW Program

Edward N Randle


Social work leadership is valuable to the existence and future of the profession. Mary Richmond and Edward Devine assembled social work education in the 1900's and were pioneers significant in shaping a vision for its future. However, there is a dearth of empirical literature in regards to social work leadership with the aim of progression the discipline. Additionally, limited empirical research is available that discusses philosophical prisms, perceived realities, and behavior principles in which leaders in social work conduct themselves. Leadership styles, types, and models are often encouraged and purposed to create a positive work environment, produce positive program outcomes, and promote student success. The aim of this paper is to review the literature of social work leadership and provide a theoretical framework for leadership in a rural BSW program from the author's personal account.


Social Work Leadership, leadership styles, leadership, social work history

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