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Helping social workers lead the charge for change

Sometimes, being a social work leader means challenging existing systems of power. Professor Tara La Rose from McMaster's School of Social Work discusses leadership in social work and what it means to be a social work leader.

Aug 24, 2018

Unlike many professional fields, “leadership” in social work doesn’t necessarily refer to social workers’ managers or supervisors.

“Social workers use a more generous definition of leadership,” explains Tara La Rose, an assistant professor in McMaster’s School of Social Work. In her field, leadership means taking the initiative to work for change and the core value of social justice.

It means challenging existing power systems.

“Sometimes,” La Rose says thoughtfully, “it means breaking the rules.”

Read the full article on the Brighter World research hub.