The Knowledge and Skill Required by an Executive to Perform His Task

By Callman Rawley

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare, September 1949

The author describes Mary Parker Follet's theory of administration, which is that the central task of administration is to bring the parts of an organization to the highest level of functional unity and self-expression, and then argues that her theory only explains what should take place in administrative work, not how to actively bring it about. As such, Rawley discusses the enabling process, which to him is the technical element that fills in the methodological hole in Follet's theory. Moreover, the author discusses nine personal qualities necessary for excellent administrators to possess, which include the ability to lead, and the ability to take hostility and criticism. Finally, Rawley concludes by delving into the general skill levels of administrators, the knowledge of social work and group work they should possess, and the administrator's relationship to the board.

Topic: Methodology, Management and Administration, Social Work, Psychology/Psychiatry, Leadership

Name of Publication: The Jewish Social Service Quarterly

Editor: Aptekar, Herbert H.

Volume/Issue: Vol.26/no.1

Page Number(s): 158-163

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Rawley, Callman. The Knowledge and Skill Required by an Executive to Perform His Task. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. September 1949: 158-163.


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