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Leadership with Impact

Preparing Health and Human Service Practitioners in the Age of Innovation and Diversity

Juan Carlos Araque and Eugenia L. Weiss

Publication Date - 25 January 2019

ISBN: 9780190932428

528 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Leadership with Impact offers new ways of thinking and approaching complex problems through a conceptual and practical leadership approach founded on innovation and diversity.


Leadership with ImpactÂoffers new ways of thinking and approaching complex problems through a conceptual and practical leadership approach founded on innovation and diversity. The authors introduce the I.D.D.E.A. (Innovation, Design, Diversity, Execution, and Assessment) Leadership Framework through which health and human service practitioners can easily design, implement, and evaluate innovative programs to help vulnerable populations and promote organizational and social change. Innovative leaders (also referred to as "social architects" in the text) will have the opportunity to explore complex social issues with an innovative lens and build solutions with the use of the latest evidence, technology, and collaborative practices. Additionally, chapters highlight "leadership profiles" and case scenarios comprised of health and human service leader interviews covering their perspectives and approaches to problem-solving. The content is responsive to social justice issues and prompts innovative leaders to be cognizant of diversity and learning how to recognize and apply culturally proficient practices in the workplace. Finally, the book offers assessment tools for the leader/practitioner to be mindful of their own engagement with others and evaluate their sustainable efforts.


  • Features 15 interviews with current health and human service leaders
  • Includes case studies and examples of leadership applications in the health and human services
  • Each chapter provides a clear outline of objectives

About the Author(s)

Juan Carlos Araque, PhD, is Clinical Associate Professor in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California, where he teaches graduate courses for the Master of Social Work (MSW) and Doctor of Social Work (DSW) Programs. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the fields of leadership, community development, diversity, violence preven¬tion, education, and positive youth development.

Eugenia L. Weiss, PsyD, LCSW, is Clinical Associate Professor in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California and a Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs. For over 18 years, Dr. Weiss maintained a psychotherapy practice serving the Latino/a population and military and veteran families.


"Dr. Araque and Dr. Weiss provide an excellent overview of issues, challenges, and opportunities facing emerging leaders. It is also an important resource for those who are exploring their own interest in developing themselves and leading others to create purposeful, social change." -- Lori Pack, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer, Child Guidance Center, Orange County

"Araque and Weiss have hit just the right notes. Today's key issues in social justice almost always involve problems with diversity. Tomorrow's social architects will find the I.D.D.E.A. Leadership Framework to be essential in tackling these dilemmas." -- Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors; National Association for Rural Mental Health

"A must-read primer for those private and public sector innovators looking for ways to bring an idea into fruition when crafting initiatives for tackling society's grand challenges." -- George Orras, PhD, MBA, President and CEO, Windstone Health Services

"This book contributes fresh and critical insights concerning the provision of impactful leadership by health and human service practitioners, including social workers, in the face of persistent disparities and inequities and fragmented systems of care. Utilizing the I.D.D.E.A. Leadership Framework, the authors present a holistic and nuanced examination of important qualities and practices of effective leadership that creates and supports positive organizational and social change. A salient feature of this book is the inclusion of leadership profiles and case studies. These gems reveal diverse practitioners engaging in practical, collaborative, and transformative leadership at multiple levels to promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities." -- Gino Aisenberg, PhD, Founding Co-director, Latino Center for Health, University of Washington

Table of Contents


    Chapter 1. Introduction to Leadership with Impact: Preparing Health and Human Service Professionals in the Age of Innovation and Diversity

    Chapter 2. The Power of Innovation in Organizational and Social Change
    Chapter 3. Key Leadership Styles for Social Change and Innovation

    Part II: DESIGN
    Chapter 4. Team Work, Collaboration, and Motivation
    Chapter 5. Communication Strategies and Leadership
    Chapter 6. Networking, Community Partnerships, and Social Media Messaging [Contributed by Lakeya Cherry]

    Chapter 7. Race and Ethnicity: Past and Present
    Chapter 8. Cultural Proficiency, Equity, and Diversity
    Chapter 9. Women in Leadership

    Chapter 10. Organizational Strategic Planning
    Chapter 11. Leadership and Effective Supervision
    Chapter 12. Conflict Resolution Strategies
    Chapter 13. Leadership and Crisis Response

    Chapter 14. Avoiding Burnout: Promoting Job Engagement and Satisfaction [Contributed by Fred P. Stone]
    Chapter 15. The Mindful Leader [Contributed by Golnaz Agahi]
    Chapter 16. Assessing Interventions and Evaluating Programs

    Chapter 17. Putting it All Together: Application of the I.D.D.E.A. Leadership Framework to Achieve Social Change

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