Understanding the Leadership Perspective starts with
re-focusing on the Helping Triangle, as shown in Figure 2A. There is point
“A” – Potential Clients, point “B” – The NAME=”ehsm_OLE_LINK78″>NAME=”ehsm_OLE_LINK77″>Authorizers,
and point “C” – the agency. As we consider the Helping Triangle as
seen in Figure 2-A, we see the focal point is at the center of the triangle at
point “0”. It is not at any of the three corners or on any of the
three sides.





















As Figure 2B illustrates, draw a straight line from point
“A” passing through point “0” to the mid point of the line
connecting “B” and “C”.
















Next, as Figure 2C shows, Draw
a straight line from point “B” passing through point “0” to
the mid point of the line connecting “A” and “C”.


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Now, as Figure 2D shows, draw a
straight line from point “C” passing through point “0” to
the mid point of the line connecting “A” and “B”.
















Finally, as Figure 2E shows,
label the mid point between “A” and “B” as “1”,
the mid point between “B” and “C” as “2”, and the
mid point between “A” and “C” as “3”.


As we go clockwise around the
outside edge of the Expanded Helping Triangle as seen in Figure 2E, we have
“A”, “1”, “B”, “2”, “C”,
“3”, and back to “A”. “0”is inside the Helping
Triangle where the internal lines cross.


Imagine we are at point
“0” inside the Triangle as shown in Figure 2E. There are six lines
radiating out from our location at point “0”. They connect us to
potential clients and the First Mover – “A”, the Initiators -
“1”, the Authorizers – “B”, the Implementers “2”,
the agency – “C”, and to the Providers – “3”. – I refer to
the Helping Triangle as illustrated in Figure 2E as the Local Helping Triangle.


Now recall the analogy of the
eco system. There are numerous other organisms – other agencies, organizations,
individuals, and entities – outside the local Helping Triangle and many of them
have local Helping Triangles of their own. From our position at point
“0” we also connect with many of those outside organisms.
Conceptually, draw a connecting line between point “0” and each
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happens within the local Helping Triangle. The result is a spider web like
figure with multiple dimensions. “Human services is not a single services
delivery system but a NAME=”ehsm_OLE_LINK125″>NAME=”ehsm_OLE_LINK124″>complex web of helping agencies and
organizations whose primary goal is to assist people in need.” We are located at point “0” within the
figure, at the center of the complex web of helping agencies and other
important stakeholders. From there, we have what I call the Leadership Perspective. – I reference
the multidimensional Helping Triangle with its web of connections as the Expanded Helping Triangle or simply as The Helping Triangle.