Blog Changes + Growing New Leaders

Part 1: Please share what 2 changes/additions you made to your website (note if they were peer suggested or your own ideas) and explain your reasoning behind it. 

  1. As a suggestion from Brian, the first change I made to my blog was expanding my biography. It is important for individuals who are viewing a blog to have an understanding of who they are hearing from. It was also important for me to offer an explanation of why I decided to pursue a career in social work.
  2. Brian also suggested making some aesthetic updates that involved minimizing blank spaces and getting rid of a weird link that was intended to direct the viewer to a different website. I thought this was important because no blog would be better than a bad blog. Blogs should be enjoyable to look at, and it would give a bad impression to have an unorganized or unprofessional looking blog if it is something you are using as an asset when looking for a job.

Part 2: Using citations and key points from the Morse Chapter 7 (“Growing New Leaders”) text, explain 3 important elements of building a “leadership plaza.”

Morse (2014) suggests that the way we have viewed leadership and building new leaders in the past may not be the most effective or desirable approach. Traditionally, leaders have been “elected, appointed, or anointed” (p.150) and these individuals were simply just seen as leaders because of their status in society. However, the best approach to finding leadership in our communities today is by finding individuals who can be leaders on a multitude of levels within a community. Instead of the “usual suspects” (p.152), we need the unusual suspects or other individuals within the community that might not be the first person you would think of to play an important role in community development (Morse, 2014).

Instead of a leadership pyramid, communities need a leadership plaza (Morse, 2014). First, to do this we must recognize that there has been a huge diversification of American cities, towns, and communities. It is important to include the voices of every population within a community. Morse (2014) suggests that communities must find a way to incorporate all of these different voices in the development or improvement of a community. Secondly, communities should work to fight against so much global influence on a particular community, and give the voice back to the locals. Local community members want to feel that they have a say in what is happening around them. Lastly, it is imperative to take a holistic approach to solving problems in a community. Many issues are connected to another, so by only addressing one issue would simply be putting a bandaid on the greater issue. This ties back into incorporating many individuals within the community to offer perspectives on the variety of community issues (Morse, 2014).


Morse, S. (2014). Smart communities: How citizens and local leaders can use strategic thinking to build a brighter future (2nd edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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