By Guest Blogger, Jennifer Carsen

Eight Leadership Qualities That Advance the Right Choices for Young Children, by Maurice SykesWhether you’re an ECE program leader or staff member, you may see yourself as an agent for change who views high-quality early childhood programs as an antidote to economic and social injustice. We hope so, anyway!

In order to position yourself effectively in this role, says Maurice Sykes, you must be open to a wide range of possibilities in terms of improving outcomes for children and families. Sykes is the former Executive Director of the Early Childhood Leadership Institute at the University of the District of Columbia. He’s also the author of Doing the Right Thing for Children: Eight Qualities of Leadership.

Sykes believes there are 8 core leadership values that are essential for early childhood leaders:

1. Human potential

2. Knowledge

3. Social justice

4. Competence

5. Fun and enjoyment

6. Personal renewal

7. Perseverance

8. Courage

Sounds like a pretty good list to us. If you’re interested in learning more about Sykes’s philosophy in depth, you won’t want to miss his webinar on September 9 – just in time for the start of the school year!

During Eight Leadership Qualities That Advance the Right Choices for Young Children, Sykes will lead a dynamic and provocative dialogue around leadership development, including:

  • self-assessment activities that will aid you on your leadership journey;
  • the keys and paradoxes to leadership; and
  • how you can move from transactional to transformational leadership.

Sykes’s webinar is sponsored by MyChild Daily Reports, which is an online communication tool to communicate with and engage parents in early childhood settings.

To learn more and register, click here.