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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Introduction q Are You a Supervisor? Are you aspiring to become a supervisor in early childhood education? Are you the person everyone at work looks to for help and advice? Have you been a supervisor forever? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is for you. Leadership comes in many forms. Winning Ways for Early Childhood Professionals: Being a Supervisor is written to help everyone in early childhood education who guides adults and wants to be a more effective and successful leader. And I bet that’s you! q What Makes a Supervisor? There are many factors that help a supervisor in any field. Good supervisors i Are approachable and accessible i Genuinely enjoy their work i Listen and communicate well i Respond quickly and appropriately to problems or concerns i Support their team and use individuals’ skills well i Set a positive approach to the team and inspire others i Have high standards and integrity Many early childhood professionals who become supervisors find leading other adults a whole new challenge from guiding and teaching children. But here’s the good part: as are all early childhood educators, you are already in a leadership role over the children in your care, and supervisors can use those same skills and principles to guide and support their teams. Pretty cool! I 7 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL q