Getting started as a new leader means making practical choices, while being uplifted by your dream. Winston Churchill, who led Great Britain through the perils of a world war, advised: “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Considering all the pathways to leadership, what was or is likely to be your pathway? Describe what was or is most (a) challenging, (b) encouraging, and (c) special about your process.
Select and summarize one of the following paths to leadership: inside, outside, “Founder’s Syndrome” or becoming the director of a family organization, and describe how it aligns to your own pathway. Referencing the NAEYC’s Code of Ethical Conduct: Supplement for Early Childhood Adult Educators, identify a possible solution for any challenges or difficulties that you have encountered or may encounter on your path to leadership.