Leadership in Early Childhood

Leadership in Early Childhood

Leadership in Early Childhood

Leadership in Early Childhood


Acknowledgments Preface Introduction 1. Unpicking leadership in the early childhood context 2. Who are the leaders in early childhood settings 3. The personal qualities of early childhood leaders 4. Communication skills: Meeting others' needs 5. Communication skills: Meeting our own needs 6. Working together to find solutions and resolve differences 7. Decision-making 8. Building and leading a team 9. Supporting professional development: Supervision, mentoring and coaching 10. Initiating and implementing change 11. Leadership and the research connection 12. Building shared understanding with parents and the public 13. The ethics of leadership 14. Building and sustaining leadership capacity in early childhood References Author index Subject index


As someone who is deeply engaged in leadership matters of interest to early childhood practitioners, the contents of this book evoked intensely personal touch points. We are living through a period where there is increasing public interest in and promotion of leadership. However, there are conflicting and confusing signals about the place of leadership study within the early childhood training agenda. As I continue to struggle to find direction and focus through the complex and contested minefields of early childhood research, teaching, policy and practice, Rodd's book is at once timely and empowering.

Consider the following observation made by Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations: 'Of all the lessons in the past decade, the critical role of leadership is perhaps the most important one to take with us into the new century. Leadership is imperative if we are to improve the lives of children, their families and communities.' (Annan, 2002, p. 6)

The passage of time in revising theory, practice and policy is slow. Now more than ever, there is a sense of urgency in meeting the needs of the children and families we seek to serve as early childhood professionals. This book has been structured so as to provide readers with a range of qualities, skills and strategies required of contemporary leadership. Imbued in the language used by Rodd is a sense that in seeking to resolve challenges faced in everyday practice, as early childhood leaders, we can make a difference.

This third edition of Rodd's book builds on the success of the previous editions by extending the balance between theory and practice . . .

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