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How do you develop Administrative Leadership skills?

In last week’s Whole Leadership post, Teri Talan started us in a new direction, Administrative Leadership. My personal background is similar to many other program leaders in our field—I was a strong teacher who was promoted into administration. In my personal experience with administrative leadership, I felt I could handle pedagogical leadership and thought I […]

Administrative Leadership: What Is It? Why Is It Important?

Reading over the series of blog posts and comments on Whole Leadership, I am struck by the level of engagement the discussion has evoked. Clearly, deconstructing program leadership and exploring leadership essentials are topics that resonate. However, I am taking the discussion in a new direction—a consideration of administrative leadership. My hope is that this […]

Are Leadership Essentials the Foundation of Whole Leadership?

My colleague Mike Abel, in an earlier blog post raised a question I keep coming back to: Are leadership essentials (LE) the foundation on which administrative leadership (AL) and pedagogical leadership (PL) are built?  As I think back on my career working in Head Start, it seems that it was those Leadership Essential competencies (awareness […]

Leadership Essentials Begin Within

Hello McCormick Center Friends, I am Sonja Crum Knight, fellow traveler on the Whole Leadership journey. Last week our Director of Training, Safiyah Jackson, continued the Whole Leadership dialogue by offering a thought provoking exploration of leadership essentials. Here’s the definition of leadership essentials offered: “Leadership essentials are foundational competencies necessary for leading people that are […]

The North Star of Leadership Essentials

On March 3, my colleague and friend Mike Abel released a blog post about three mutually important, yet entwined, paths to Whole Leadership—leadership essentials, administrative leadership, and pedagogical leadership. Today, let’s spark a dialogue about one of them—leadership essentials. This is the definition offered for leadership essentials:  “Leadership essentials are foundational competencies necessary for leading people […]

Deconstructing Whole Leadership

Last week, Teri Talan opened this blog series on Whole Leadership by inviting you to engage with us in a dialog to explore the “multi-faceted and nuanced” nature of early childhood program leadership. We first began this exploration last May at Leadership Connections, the McCormick Center’s annual national conference, by discussing the concept of instructional […]

Whole Leadership

A couple of weeks ago I taped a video chat with Susan Ochshorn on how to put the whole child in the center of early childhood education policy reform. This got us at the McCormick Center thinking about a parallel concept—whole leadership of ECE programs. The whole child approach recognizes there are multiple and equally […]

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