As an ECE pro, you already know how awesome preschoolers are.
From their creativity to their everyday courage, young children’s head-on approach to new experiences is a joy to watch.
But have you ever thought about what preschoolers can teach us about leadership?
They’re imaginative, brave and willing to learn — everything you’d want from a leader, right?
With 89% of organizations reporting they lack ‘strong’ or ‘very strong’ leadership, it’s clear there’s space to grow — so, let’s take a minute to see the world through a preschooler’s eyes, and see what we can learn about leadership.
Warning: Get ready for some laughs, tears and life-changing preschooler inspiration.
Ever wondered why kids get all the fun?
As self-consciousness starts to creep in and external responsibilities become part of the everyday, play gets left behind. But research shows that playfulness in adults does wonders for wellbeing, reduces stress and even has a positive impact on physical fitness.
Ready to see how easy toddlers tap into play? Just check out the #emptyhandchallenge. Show your toddler your empty hand and see what happens next. Spoiler alert: It’s very cute.
When Tom Rosenthal’s 3-year-old daughter Fenn told him she’d written a song, he wasn’t prepared for ‘Dinosaurs in Love’ to go viral. 70K retweets and 300K likes later, it was clear that the preschooler’s creativity was a hit.
In fact, people loved the song so much that it’s been made into a book and has its own music video.
The moral of the story? If you have an idea, go with it. You never know where it might take you and your team.
Fenn, my nearly 4 year old daughter, recorded her first ever solo song today. She came up with all the words herself and I helped her a little bit with the tune. It’s called ‘Dinosaurs in Love’. 🦕❤️🦕 pic.twitter.com/erCgG0sUvP— Tom Rosenthal (@tomrosenthal) January 28, 2020
Running a busy ECE center is tough. When you have a million and one tasks to do and daily requests from employees and families, beating overwhelm is an everyday challenge.
So, how can you keep on top of it all (and still stay sane)?
Take a leaf out of this preschooler’s book and be honest with yourself. Because if something’s not working for you, it’s probably time to ditch it to make space for the important things.
What do you think leaders need to succeed in the times ahead?
For Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Inc. the answer’s easy: “I would place my bet on curiosity,” he said.
It’s no surprise that curiosity ranks high as a must-have trait for leaders, with research showing that curiosity leads to higher-performing, more adaptable organizations.
But deep curiosity takes time, patience and courage to ask the right questions at the right time — not always easy when you have a million things on your to-do list.
If that sounds familiar, take a minute to check out what happens when young children meet someone new. (Hint: Curiosity makes learning a whole lot easier.)
It’s official. Empathy is one of the top traits needed for great leadership.
Without empathy, you can’t build a team or inspire others — plus empathy in the workplace is directly related to great job performance. Pretty cool, right?
Just check out the impact this girl’s empathy has on her family. Empathy + Burger = One happy little sister. 🍔
Have you ever wanted to do something, but been too scared to get started?
You’re not alone.
In fact, around 68% of employees admit they’ve avoided a work task because they were afraid it would be too hard.
It’s a big problem. But we have a solution. 😉
If you or your employees struggle with confidence issues, just watch this little guy getting stuck in with a professional dance troupe and you’re guaranteed to get inspired.
In a world full of unexpected twists and turns, it’s hard to stay resilient — and even harder to build a resilient organizational culture.
But what if Michael Jordan had quit when he didn’t make his high school basketball team?
That’s the question Kid President asks in this unmissable pep talk, where he tells us, “It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance”.
Amen to that!
Leadership is hard — which is why one of our top leadership lessons is to make time for some all-important self-care.
And if you’re one of those people who need an excuse to give yourself some TLC, here’s one reason you can’t ignore: Self-care actually boosts your productivity.
With that in mind, we’re sure little Jessica must be one of the most productive preschoolers around…
According to research, leading by example is one of the best ways to inspire cooperation in your community.
But when was the last time you showed willingness to learn? And if something goes wrong, do you give up or brush yourself off and try again?
This hilarious video shows how willing preschoolers are when it comes to trying new things.
And if it doesn’t work out the first time? Try and try again. 😅
It’s easy to forget to show your human side when you’re running a busy ECE center, but taking the time out to be kind is everything.
Not only is it a great way to inspire your employees, but practicing kindness can help build a great company culture your employees can be proud of.
Need some kindness inspo? This preschooler showed there’s always time for a little kindness when she took the time to tell her how much she loves her. Get ready for some serious cuteness. 😍
Every moment spent with young children can teach us an important lesson about how to approach life with creativity and resilience.
For ECE pros struggling with today’s challenges, pausing to observe the awesomeness of the children in your care — and asking yourself what you can learn from them — is guaranteed to bring a moment (or more) of joy and learning.
So, next time you find yourself facing burnout, ask yourself, “What would little Jessica say?”