A Leadership Challenge Occurred With My Current Director

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A leadership challenge occurred with my current director during one of our staff meetings. The meeting was between the director, the 3 program leads, and our training and curriculum specialist. These meetings occur weekly and are used to discuss current events in the center (special events, parent involvement, staff issues, children moving up to new rooms, etc.). During this particular meeting the director asked our thoughts on moving up 3 particular children from the toddler room to the preschool room. Both of my daughters attend the childcare center I work at and one was in the class being discussed, so I am an employee as well as a parent of this center. I stated my opinion speaking as a lead, “I don 't think they should move up…show more content…
An excerpt from the NAEYC code of ethics that relates to this challenge states, “To create and maintain a climate of trust and candor that enables staff to speak and act in the best interest of children, families, and the field of early care and education. “ (I-3C.2) (NAEYC, 2006, p. 4). Applying Leadership Theories Style Approach One theory of leadership is known as the style approach. This approach “focuses exclusively on what leaders do and how they act. In shifting the study of leadership to leader style or behaviors, the style approach expanded the study of leadership to include the actions of leaders towards subordinates in various contexts.” (Northouse, 2013, p. 75). Applying the style approach to leadership theory focuses on the leader’s behavior. When applying this theory to the situation, it can be described as a paternalistic/maternalistic leadership style. During this situation, my director was looking for the answer she wanted to hear. She seemed to be more concerned for the results, or answer she wanted, than the people involved (her employees). Northouse describes this leader as one that "acts graciously, but does so for the purpose of goal accomplishment. In essence, the paternalistic/maternalistic style treats people as if they were dissociated with the task." (2013, p. 81). In this situation, my director disregarded my opinions because it was not on track
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