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Passion, Intention and Relationships: A Reflective Pathway to Effective Leadership

by Pam Boulton and Kirsten Haugen
January/February 2019
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Seeing you with this copy of Exchange in your hands (or reading the digital version on your tablet!) we suspect you are a leader in early childhood development or education or aspiring to be one. We are probably not far off the mark if we assume (a) you have a superhuman schedule, (b) you work on a shoestring budget, (c) you wear several hats, many of which you did not know or care about when you chose this work, and (d) you do all of this out of a deep passion for working with children, fostering their growth and supporting their families. 

Our passion keeps us going when tasks and to-do lists pile up. But with so much to manage, how do we refine and hold onto our vision, our intention—and share it with those with whom we work? In their book Art of Leadership: Leading Early Childhood Organizations, Bonnie and Roger Neugebauer tell us those “who succeed, and go on to manage the best programs, are those who don’t cave in when the going gets tough, those who are determined, against all odds, to maintain a focus on delivering quality services, [those who] have a ‘ya gotta wanna’ ...

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