Have you ever been in a situation where poor leadership took its toll on your daily job? Perhaps a supervisor made you feel undervalued, or you received an evaluation focused on the negative as opposed to the positive? Most people will experience positions in which leadership is lacking in some areas. Not all leaders automatically have the tools to create a positive work environment that encourages the best in others and supports program efficiency. People in these positions are human and have weaknesses and strengths no matter how long they have held the position, what their salary is, or how their employees are treated. It can also be said that leaders can change their ways with the proper tools and training. This course will discuss those very tools and give directors, assistant directors and lead teachers the opportunity for discussion, self-reflection, and analysis of real-work strategies that they can implement.
So, what does a leader look like?
Are they a pushover who caters to every employee’s whims?
Are they stubborn and steadfast to the bottom line?
Or are they constantly peering over the shoulders of their team?
You may have answered yes to one or more of the previous examples, or you may have scoffed at the descriptions. Whatever you responded with is probably correct, at least in some ways. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, a leader is defined as “a person who rules, guides, or inspires others.” Leadership in a child care profession goes well beyond paperwork and meetings and is more focused on the human elements of their workplace. This includes the staff, support staff, children, parents, community, and more. An effective leader knows that the relationships and influence that they have are the true crux of their abilities, and they will strive to do what is morally and ethically sound for all parties involved.
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