Ethical Leadership in Social Work #MacroSW chat on 10/19 w/ Jenna Bacolor @A2RecDirect ‏

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For our October 19th Twitter Chat, we will be talking about ethical leadership in social work.

“As social workers, ethical leadership is fundamentally about having the insight and courage to live out our values when there is pressure to compromise or rationalize them away. It is in situations where we are faced with ethical dilemmas—competing duties that require rank ordering of value—that ethical leadership is most needed.”–Ruth Lipshutz, LCSW, ACSW, Ethical Leadership Based on the NASW Code of Ethics

The NASW code of ethics provides a unique set of values and standards for the social work profession. As social workers rise up the ranks to leadership roles, their scope of influence for maintaining ethical standards grows as well. Supervisors, managers, and executive-level social workers have more responsibility for budgets, human resources, working with boards of directors, and developing and implementing policy.

The core values below, listed in the Preamble to the NASW Code of Ethics, form the foundation of what makes the social work profession unique:

  • Service
  • Social justice
  • Dignity and worth of the person
  • Importance of human relationships
  • Integrity
  • Competence

In this Twitter chat, we’ll explore how these values and related ethical standards influence us as social work leaders and how we might use our unique perspective for career development.


Q1: How do our values and ethics influence us as social work leaders (or aspiring leaders)?Q2: How have social worker leaders (including yourself) effectively managed ethical dilemmas?

Q2: How have social worker leaders (including yourself) effectively managed ethical dilemmas?

Q3: How can social work leaders develop skills, insight, and courage for ethical decision making?

Q4: How can our unique ethics and values make us more marketable for executive leadership positions?


NASW Code of Ethics

Ethics Corner: Ethical Leadership Based on the NASW Code of Ethics

Our host will be: Jenna Bacolor @A2RecDirect

Jenna serves as Executive Director of the Community Services Division at Ann Arbor Public Schools. In this role, she oversees community education and recreation, strategic community and global partnerships, and student wellness. She holds an MSW and an MPH from the University of Michigan with a Macro License from the State of Michigan.

Our #MacroSW Partner facilitating the chat is Rachel L. West (@poliSW) using the official MacroSW handle @OfficialMacroSW.

About #MacroSW:

#MacroSW is a collaboration of social workers, organizations, social work schools, and individuals working to promote macro social work practice. Macro social work practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations. It encompasses a broad spectrum of actions and ideas, ranging from community organizing and education to legislative advocacy and policy analysis. The chats are held weekly on Twitter every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST). Click here for a list of chat partners. For information about how to participate in the #MacroSW chat, view our FAQs. For chat schedule and chat archives check out:

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