Fischler College of Education: Faculty Articles

Title

The Leadership Challenge for Human Services Agencies

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2007

Publication Title

International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-Net)

ISSN

1605-7406

Issue/No.

105

Abstract

Child and youth care is a burgeoning profession in which leadership capacity is a quintessential component. Effective leadership can maximize opportunities for children, youth and families to become functional, in spite of the odds. Attempts to strengthen this field will be just another nebulous detour should there be no intersection where we, as a child and youth care field, can confront our past and learn from our mistakes. Ignorance will mean that we are doomed to repeat those failures and that we have become chronic victims of the delusion of indulgence. This article proposes a laser focus on our field in order to identify the peculiar leadership challenge where authentic engagement is preferred to symbolic involvement.

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