Leading with Compassion: Supervisors Briefing

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Research in Practice for Adults published a new briefing aimed at supervisors in adult social care, exploring the concepts and literature associated with what we understand to be involved in being a compassionate leader. This briefing is aimed at supervisors in adult social care and explores what is needed to support the development of compassionate leadership skills in both supervisors and people they directly support and work with. It includes:
1. Examples of leadership models and styles that lend themselves to compassionate practice and which promote an environment and culture that help compassionate practice to flourish in adult social care.
2. The links between national frameworks and opportunities which guide the development of compassionate leadership practice in adult social care.
3. An exploration of what compassionate leadership looks like and the role of supervisors in enabling leadership to be developed in others.
4. The challenges of ‘compassion fatigue’ and the need for resilience.
The briefing also provides some practical tools to support the development of compassionate leadership skills across organisations.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDarlington, Exeter
Commissioning bodyResearch in Practice for Adults - RiPfA
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2019


  • leadership
  • compassion
  • social work academic training
  • social care
  • research breifing
  • supervisors


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