Strenghts-Based Leadership: Transforming Individuals, Agencies, and Communities

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time: 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Location: Bryant Conference Center
Cost: $129 until Sept. 7; $159 after Sept. 7

Categories: School of Social Work, Workshops and Seminars


David W. Springer is the Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Social Work, Public Policy, and Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin.

Course Description

What do our communities need from tomorrow’s social work leaders? While our future challenges may be unknown, we will likely need leaders who can navigate complex systems to engage increasingly diverse communities. This workshop rests on the assumption that we all have the capacity to lead, and is grounded in the connection between happiness, strengths, and effective leadership. Accordingly, we will use an interdisciplinary perspective to examine the importance of and strategies for enhancing our network of close relationships, discovering meaning in our work, and nurturing a positive attitude and gratitude as leaders. This strength-based and servant model of leadership holds the promise of transforming individuals, our places of work, and our communities.

Learner Objectives

- Understand and apply key concepts from selected theories of leadership

- Design a personal philosophy of leadership

- Integrate knowledge and skills of effective leadership with social work core values.

- Analyze critical value, ethical, and cultural issues related to leadership

- Enhance capacity to work collaboratively with others on substantive issues to catalyze change.

Contact Info: Amanda Begeron,, 205-348-9966, Website

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