The Importance Of Effective Leadership For Early Years Practice And The Challenges That Come With It

1468 Words Jan 6th, 2015 6 Pages
Leadership is a common term that is used in different contexts. It has been said that the term ‘leadership’ has almost as many definitions as there are persons who have attempted to define the concept (Stodgill, 1974 cited in Western, 2008) therefore trying to find a definitive definition for leadership becomes more complex. One definition of leadership is, like many others, quite a general definition for any setting or organisation and it says that leadership may be considered as the process of influencing the activities of an organized group in its efforts toward goal setting and goal achievement (Stodgill, 1950). Core leadership practices’ are “setting directions; developing people; redesigning the organisation; and managing the instructional programme” according to Leithwood et al (2006: p22–23). In this essay I will be reflecting on the importance of effective leadership in early years practice and the challenges that come with it. I will be exploring the different types of leadership, what effective leadership consists of, how leadership fits into teamwork and inter-professional collaboration.

In practice, management and leadership can be seen to complement each other, though it is often mistaken that leadership and management are the same roles in a setting, therefore it is important to distinguish the difference in roles. Managers often focus more overly on the day to day without being strategic about the long term, whereas leaders tend to focus on the long term and…

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