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candidates who are trying to join your team. Because you recognize that every-
one is capable of realizing his or her full potential, you see in others what they
do not see in themselves. You encourage and inspire them to develop and evolve
in order to achieve their personal bests.
I have an unwavering belief in every person’s potential to rise above the
obstacles in life. I believe that human potential is infinite and full of possibil-
ities. I believe that all humans have the potential to grow and transform into
incredible contributors to the well-being of our global society. Effective leaders
need to have this same faith in human potential for both children and adults.
Whether I am developing a leader or teaching a child, I believe that having a
positive outlook regarding human potential is vital to unleashing the intellec-
tual and social dynamism that makes each person special and unique.
Great leaders have incorporated this quality into their core values. They act
upon their understanding that all people are capable, competent, and resource-
ful by digging deeper with adults and children to discover and develop what
is below the surface. In most instances, leaders with this core value have the
uncanny ability to see, nurture, and develop a person’s potential gift. Some
people may only see deficits or underdevelopments in certain adults as well as in
certain children. However, effective leaders always look for what makes people
tick. They look for every person’s gift. They look for every person’s greatness.
Leaders hunger for knowledge. They seek knowledge in a wide variety of aca-
demic and nonacademic venues, including disciplines such as science, mathe-
matics, humanities, business administration, and military science, along with
the grocery store, the barbershop, and the people they encounter in the street.
Leaders read. Leaders research. Leaders are consumed with wanting to know
more and to understand more. They continually seek knowledge so that they
can better understand themselves and the world around them.
Four levels of knowledge exist for a leader in the field of early childhood
education: self-knowledge, knowledge of others, knowledge of craft, and
knowledge of leadership.
One of the fatal flaws of ineffective leaders is the absence of knowledge.
Ineffective leaders do not know their own strengths and weaknesses. They are
easily blinded by a distorted sense of self. Thus, self-knowledge and knowledge
of leadership are critical to being an effective leader. Effective leaders know
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