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Individual Leadership | Skills

It is important for early education leaders to possess solid background information but, in and of itself, it is not sufficient. Effective early education leaders also possess a number of skills which are called upon in their daily activities. While many fundamental skills are known to be found in leaders in a variety of settings, several focused skills have proven very useful for early education leaders working in state and local education agencies. These include Systems Thinking, Results-based Leadership, Communication and Relationship Building, and Leading for Continuous Improvement. These skills are typically learned rather than innately present, and take full advantage of one’s background knowledge to engage and lead.


1 Systems Thinking
Early childhood education is both a system unto itself and a subsystem within the larger P – 20 education system. Read more.
2 Results Based Leadership
Heeding Steven Covey’s words to “Begin with the end in mind,” effective leaders and organizations have a clear purpose which Read more.
3 Communication
Improving early education requires coordinated involvement among many different people, and clear, effective communication is the most fundamental skill  an Read more.
4 Interpersonal Skills
RELATIONSHIP BUILDING Relationships are key in early childhood education. Relationships abound whether they involve teacher and child, teacher and parent, Read more.
5 Continuous Improvement
Leaders know that perfection is unattainable but it should not be a deterrent to continuously improve program effectiveness and results. Read more.