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Today I invite you to join me at the leadership table to make a difference in
countless lives by changing the way we advocate for, care for, and educate the
young children in this country.
Your Leadership Matters
If you’re reading this book, I’m guessing that you are a new or continuing leader
who works on behalf of children. At the very least, you are someone who cares
about children, and this is no small thing. You are an agent for change. You
view high-quality early childhood programs for young children as an antidote
to social and economic injustice. You are open to a wide range of possibilities in
terms of improving educational outcomes for young children, and you are will-
ing to confront and challenge your previously held ideas about what constitutes
leadership. You are open-minded and willing to be dazzled, amazed, provoked,
cajoled, and stretched in order to realize your full leadership potential.
If you see yourself in the description above, you’re in the right place, and it
is the right time for you to discover the leader that is within you by developing
the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind that you need to lead programs for
You might feel overwhelmed by the idea of achieving reform in the educa-
tion system. That’s fair. Huge challenges and problems exist, and none of them
can be addressed with a quick fix. Yet, it is still possible to turn things around.
I teach my leadership students that there is a difference between our cir-
cle of concern and our circle of control. We’re always concerned about huge
things, so our circle of concern is always larger than our circle of control. But
that doesn’t mean we’re powerless. Oftentimes, we fail to take advantage of the
circle of control that is available to us. The truth is we usually have far more
control than we realize.
What you need is a set of leadership qualities that motivates you to become
a relentless agent of change with the goal of doing the right thing for children.
It’s time to start translating your good intentions into actions that will bring
you as close to your desired vision as possible. The qualities in this book are
your guide to success as a leader in early childhood education.
Now is the time! You are called to action on behalf of young children.
Read on, and empower yourself with the tools you need to do the right thing
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