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Aim4Excellence™ is an interactive online professional learning experience that focuses on the core leadership competencies that early childhood leaders need.
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Module 1: Leading the Way

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This module looks at leadership as a way of thinking about your role and the important work you do on behalf of children and families. You’ll learn about the importance of self-awareness and understanding your core values as you identify your unique leadership style. You’ll be introduced to a model of facilitative leadership as a way to empower staff and support shared decision making at your center. And you’ll learn how to apply the principles of effective leadership to create a compelling vision for your program, become an agent of change, walk the talk of ethical behavior, and embrace the paradoxes inherent in your role.


After completing Leading the Way, you will be able to:

  • Describe the skills and competencies required for effective leadership 
  • Examine the values and beliefs that shape your leadership behavior
  • Assess your unique leadership style
  • Identify ways to use the authority and influence of your role to empower others  
  • Recognize the ethical dilemmas that are part of your job
  • Create a compelling vision for your organization
Additional Information

You have 90 days to complete the module, beginning the day you purchase the module.