Principled Leadership in Mental Health Systems and Programs by William A. Anthony & Kevin Ann Huckshorn

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An examination into the world of mental health organizations, this book explores questions such as “Why do some organizations prosper while others deteriorate?” and “How do some flourish during times of change while others falter”? These questions have been studied extensively in regards to for-profit corporations, but Anthony, who is the longtime director of Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and perhaps the most influential leader in this field, and Huckshorn, who directs the technical assistance program of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and is considered a “champion of efforts to reduce use of seclusion and restraints in mental health settings”, provide a fresh and different perspective on these questions in a must-read book for anyone in positions of responsibility. The book provides an interesting look into the role of leadership in mental health, a surprisingly little-written-about field until this ground-breaking expose. Structured around eight principles of leadership, the book provides interviews with dozens of individuals who have been in leadership roles in the mental health care industry, and is “thoughtful, readable, and well-informed”.

Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US.   Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry.  She coaches individual on achieving their reflected best selves.  An MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment.