Leading Diverse Teams

By: Amanda Campbell   Kristin (K) Scherrer   Susie Ryder  

Promoting inclusivity and belonging is an important task for leaders seeking to capitalize on the rich experiences that diverse teams provide. The field of social work-- a profession that is devoted to ameliorating personal, interpersonal, and societal problems-- provides a unique lens for understanding diversity in teams and tools for leadership. In this study, we examine how three prominent social work theoretical perspectives supply insights for leaders in organizations, communities, and beyond. First, we examine how a systems perspective enables a situated understanding of the team's work in a broader organizational or social context, including attending to organizational, social, economic, political and environmental (others?) factors. Second, we analyze how affirmative approaches provide insight about how to capitalize on team members' diverse strengths and enable opportunities to empower individuals' strengths. Third, we present examples from solution focused brief therapy that promote inclusivity and belonging within teams.

Leadership, Equity, Inclusivity
Organizational Diversity
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Amanda Campbell

Assistant Director of Field Education, MSU Denver, United States
United States

Dr. Kristin (K) Scherrer

Metropolitan State University of Denver

K (Kristin) Scherrer, PhD, LCSW, MA, is an Associate Professor in the Social Work Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Dr. Scherrer’s research and practice interests are in aging and the life course, families, and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer identities with the goal of informing social work practice.

Susie Ryder

Field Director, MSU Denver, United States
United States