We believe these capabilities are essential for outstanding social work leadership and they underpin the Firstline programme. View a diagram of the leadership capabilities here.
Resilience and self-reflexivity
The ability to respond appropriately, manage uncertainty and cope with even the most trying situations. Leaders must be aware of their personal strengths, as well as their areas for future growth, and understand how their behaviour can affect others. This involves being aware of emotional triggers, biases and prejudices, and identifying ways to manage these effectively.
Analysis and decision-making
Impact and influence
An ability to have a positive impact on teams and partners within the practice system, through persuading, convincing and bringing others round to their perspective. Leaders understand other people’s viewpoints and priorities, and tailor their communication to suit their audience.
Learning and developing others
Holding to account
To act in a principled way, based on a clear set of personal values, and make decisions with the best interests of children at heart. Leaders are passionate about effecting positive change in the lives of children and families. They strongly believe that social work can play a crucial part in changing lives and improving life chances, and that, with the right support, families are able to change.