ERIC Number: ED423962
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
If Leadership Was Everyone's Domain. Working Papers.
"Taking the Lead: Investing in Early Childhood Leadership for the 21st Century" is an initiative to support quality in early childhood programs by promoting director credentialing and leadership development in the early care and education field. In developing its two initiatives, "Experiments in Director Credentialing" and "Emerging Leaders Experiments," Taking the Lead created a framework to define and examine issues around leadership. Some of the questions contributing to the development of this framework are: (1) What definition of leadership is Taking the Lead using?; (2) Who are the leaders of the early childhood field, who can be leaders, and who should be leaders?; and (3) What competencies/characteristics do effective leaders need? Other issues addressed in the framework are: (1) ambivalence in the early care and education field toward leaders and taking on leadership; and (2) transformation in a field where consensus is slow in coming and disagreement is undesirable. This paper discusses each of these questions and issues, exploring aspects of the leadership dialogue and the transformational leadership that Taking the Lead hopes will be created by its initiatives. Contains 14 references. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wheelock Coll., Boston, MA. Center for Career Development in Early Care and Education.