Leadership in Early childhood education and Care is a band.
In this presentation the leadership style that my metaphor will highlight is democratic. The democratic style involves the leader working in concert with his or staff to create quality educational programmes where staff members are able use their knowledge and skills to add their own creative variations in providing better outcomes for the children and the early childhood centre.
A band may not be an obvious source of inspiration for leaders but leadership at its best is a band. Both are elusive, changeable and adaptive. They are both something that result from a combination of experience, passion and creativity. Leadership is something you create and recreate just as any band does with a performance.
It takes more than knowledge or theory to be the leader in a band or a leader in Early childhood Education and Care. There are roles and responsibilities in which one must fulfil to be a successful leader.
Leadership in Early Childhood education and care requires you to know your visions- It’s important to articulate the beliefs and mind sets that guide your centre and make it unique. Bands rely on modification and improvisation to the unexpected to make it memorable, the leader of the band must pose a clear vision of the outcome and be able to articulate it to the players. Leaders in Early childhood education must also have a clear vision for the outcomes they want for the centre and develop them collaboratively with staff members. As a leader you must be prepared to improvise and pass leadership to other members of staff when necessary.
As an educational leader you must know your staff as each centre staff are composed of unique individuals who bring different skills and knowledge to the workplace. When you acknowledge the strengths and weakness that each staff member has they will be more willing to share the responsibilities, they will consistently reflect and collaborate with each other on...