Early Childhood Leadership: Motivation, Inspiration, Empowerment is a must-have book for anyone who occupies a leadership position (e.g., administrator, director, coordinator, team leader, manager, lead teacher) or anticipates doing so in the future. It addresses one of the most challenging workplace issues facing employers today—the ability to encourage employees’ creativity, productivity, and long-term commitment to an organization. Studies consistently show that low employee morale and high turnover rates are common in early childhood programs and, in turn, affect the quality of services provided for children and families. Unfortunately, strategies used by many supervisors to guide and manage employee behavior often contribute to employee dissatisfaction and attrition. A sound understanding of motivational theory and skills (e.g., communication, leadership, team-building, decision-making) enables effective leaders to create positive work environments, boost employee morale, and encourage positive performance. When employees believe their efforts are being acknowledged and valued, they are less likely to leave their jobs—an additional and important benefit—especially in the field of early childhood education.
Lynn Marotz received a PhD in educational policy and leadership from the University of Kansas, an MEd from the University of Illinois, and a BS in nursing from the University of Wisconsin. She was a faculty member in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in administration and leadership, issues in parenting, health/safety/nutrition and young children, and foundations of early childhood education. In addition, she served as associate director of the Edna A. Hill Child Development Center (University of Kansas) for 35 years.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Early Childhood Education: A Field of Practice
Chapter 2 The Early Childhood Education Workforce
Chapter 3 The Role of Motivation in Organizations
Chapter 4 The Motivational Leader
Chapter 5 The Art of Effective Communication
Chapter 6 Problem-solving and Conflict Management
Chapter 7 Promoting Effective and Inspirational Teamwork
Chapter 8 Putting It All Together: Meaningful Motivation
Chapter 9 Future Leadership Challenges
Appendix A Employment and Labor Laws
About the Author
Lynn Marotz has a history of writing books that clarify issues and provide practical information and solutions for multiple audiences. This book is no exception. It provides a structure for examining leadership practices as well as current needs and future requirements through real-life scenarios, guiding questions, and thought-provoking activities. Marotz has the ability to empower early childhood professionals at all levels who want to increase their knowledge, enhance their skills, and improve their ability to meet the needs of their staff, other providers, and the families they serve.
Lynn Marotz has crafted an excellent resource for leadership in the early childhood field. ‘The Director’s Showcase’ in each chapter allows the students to hear from seasoned directors and learn how a textbook situation can be applied in the real-world setting. This book should be the foundation for every early childhood education director preparatory class.