Professionals working in the behavioral healthcare and human services fields are often called upon to assume leadership or management responsibilities, either formally or informally. This is often due the nature and scope of our training and ability to function as decision-makers, advocates and "change agents." This leadership role is typically an inherent part of our core beliefs, values and principles that guide our helping profession orientation and purpose. Either at a clinical, operational or strategic level, we are often charged with filling mission critical responsibilities that enable us to facilitate a process of progress, growth and change by being effective principle-centered leaders.
It is important that we as behavioral healthcare professionals recognize, promote and embrace this role as an essential aspect of who we are, what we do and how we serve others as leaders guided by a values, beliefs and principles