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Five Elements of Collective Leadership for Early Childhood Professionals

Five Elements of Collective Leadership for Early Childhood Professionals

Authors: Cassandra O'Neill, Monica Brinkerhoff
Product Code: 545462
ISBN: 978-1-60554-546-2
Format: Softbound
Publisher: Redleaf Press®
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Reimagine leadership in the early childhood setting

Collective leadership is a new system of leadership based on shared decision-making, transparency, and involving the people affected by change in the process. It’s a model in which everyone at times can lead, and at other times follow. Current research shows that a collective approach to leadership is advantageous to organizations, and this book shows how it can be implemented specifically in the field of early childhood education.

Five Elements of Collective Leadership for Early Childhood Professionals is for anyone wanting to:

  • explore your classroom, team, organization, or coalition in a way that allows all voices to be heard
  • provide a more equitable distribution of power
  • utilize the gifts of all team members
  • engage everyone one their team in a common vision

O’Neill and Brinkerhoff help readers think differently about the way they lead, whether they’re teachers, providers, administrators, or system change leaders.

156 pages

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Review by: Francisco Padilla, Santa Cruz Regional Partnership Council, First Things First - August 11, 2017
"As an early childhood professional, I’m always looking for opportunities to engage and collaborate with other community stakeholders to improve coordination of services for young children and families. Our amazing coalition known as the Santa Cruz Birth to Five Partners has been in existence since 2013 due in large part to what we’ve learned about collective leadership from Cassandra O’Neill. It’s made all of the difference in the world."
Review by: Mary Hartman, Rutgers Global Women's Leadership Institute - August 11, 2017
"Five Elements of Collective Leadership for Early Child Professionals is a revolutionary manual spelling out how leadership in any human endeavor needs to be redefined and re-enacted as a collective rather than individual activity. This single shift has the potential to reinvigorate stalled democracy, and educate citizens in participatory democracy from the very outset."
Review by: Nancy Kranich, Rutgers University School of Communication - August 11, 2017
"The timing could not be better for O’Neill and Brinkerhoff’s well-written and accessible book. It offers a helpful starting point to collective leadership, explaining how we can harness the capacity within and across our organizations to achieve significant and lasting impact. Included along with a generous array of theories are resources and practices that are meaningful to any professional eager to adopt more innovative and effective approaches to sustainable and systemic social change."
Review by: Rhian Evans Allvin, NAEYC - August 11, 2017
"Delivering on the promise of early childhood education requires leadership in the classroom, within systems, and in the public square. By challenging assumptions and nudging us outside our comfort zones, the authors show us how to lead effectively and inspire others to see themselves as leaders, too."
Review by: Amber Jones - August 1, 2017
“At this pivotal time in early childhood education, it’s imperative that we develop systems that not only generate better outcomes for children, families, and communities, but systems that are built on diversity of thought, action, and leadership. Five Elements of Collective Leadership offers a framework to reflect upon when leading change in your community, including real life examples of how to put the beliefs in to action.
Review by: Elisa Mongeluzzi - August 1, 2017
Five Elements of Collective Leadership for Early Childhood Professionals will change the way we think, discuss and practice leadership in the field of early childhood education. It’s a resource for leaders that will be used over and over again.  Part literature review, part resource-guide, part handbook, part conversation-starter—100% insightful." 
Review by: Lynette Aytch, ZERO to THREE - August 1, 2017

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