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Design Element 4

... is a function of knowing yourself, having a vision that is well communicated, and building trust among colleagues. It is a process that involves mobilizing, influencing and guiding others.

Guiding Principles

Design Element 9
  • Quality early childhood development has a life-long impact on education, health and social well-being.
  • A collaborative community approach to social change is more effective than isolated, individual actions.
  • There is value to the role of the Early Years Community Developer – both in community and in the larger ECD system.


Design Element 1
  • Leadership practices.
  • Personal and professional strengths, weaknesses, motivations, areas of interest and bias.
  • Local community (including resources, needs and history).


Design Element 5

Personal Leadership:

  • Regularly self-reflect about my practice.
  • Seek feedback from stakeholders about my impact.
  • Develop a self-directed professional development plan.

Community Leadership:

  • Develop a shared vision.
  • Encourage participation, partnership and equity.
  • Balance leading and following by promoting a shared leadership approach.
  • Focus on a whole-community perspective (applying systems thinking).

And continue to work towards:

  • Applying creative thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Maintaining a level of flexibility (strategic agility) that supports both disciplined decision making and responsiveness to change.

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