- Do what is right and what is best for the people you are working with and serving. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that non-violent means of protest was the right way to fight against the discriminatory laws of the South. In order to protect both black and white freedom fighters, it was best, according to King, to stay non-violent, and protest in the name of peace and love. (“1956”)
- Seek out help from those around you. They are there for a reason! Leadership isn’t all about toughing it out on your own and trying to get the job done by yourself. Sophonisba Breckinridge knows this to be very true. From other women she met and worked with in the multiple organizations she was apart of to her very close partner-in-crime, Edith Abbot, Breckinridge knew that in order to make her visions of equality and rights for women, children, and black people in the United States, she had to collaborate and work closely with people who shared a similar vision as her (Jabour).
- It’s okay to disconnect and take a break. Elizabeth J. Clark, Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), understands that with such a busy and rapid schedule filled with meetings and papers and interactions and emails, it is important to take a break from the chaos that may come with working as a leader. Yes, the work is awesome, but taking care of yourself is awesome too, right? (Grobman 317).
- Work hard. It truly will be worth it at the end of the day. As a leader, the work can get overwhelming at times, but if you are keeping yourself inspired and you’re committed to the goal, all the late nights and stress will turn into something amazing and noteworthy. Clinical agency CEO Judith C. Czarnecki says, “There is nothing quite as rewarding as developing a program, getting it funded, and knowing that you have been responsible for helping people change their lives…it’s what makes all the long hours and frustrating moments worth it” (Grobman 323).
Grobman, Linda May., and Elizabeth J. Clark. Days in the Lives of Social Workers: 58 Professionals Tell “Real-Life” Stories from Social Work Practice. Harrisburg, PA: White Hat Communications, 2012. Print.
Jabour, Anya. “Relationship and Leadership: Sophonisba Breckinridge and Women in Social Work.” Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work (2012): 22-37. SAGE Publications, 2012. Web. 7 Feb. 2016.
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