Washington County social services group completes leadership program

June 16, 2008

On May 20, the Washington County Department of Social Services celebrated the first Leadership Development graduation ceremony.

The program was developed as a result of the agency's 2006 strategic planning process, which identified a need to improve the agency's managerial succession planning.

The program began in September 2007 and ended in May.

The participants attended classes twice a month and learned important aspects of leadership in an organization.

Some of the classes included time management, human resource policies, budgeting, strategic planning and professionalism.

The participants also had to complete a computer component and attended Toastmaster meetings.

The nine participants were placed into three groups and given a performance improvement topic that they presented at the graduation ceremony.

These topics included cultural competency, development of a local ethics board, and recruitment and retention. Each group discussed its research and made recommendations in these areas.


The leadership development team is planning for next year's participants and will be using a similar curriculum.

The Washington County Department of Social Services is a field office of the Maryland Department of Human Resources under the direction of Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Secretary Brenda Donald.

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