At Say Yes to Childcare’s ECE Servant Leaders Academy, we believe early childhood educators and caregivers are on a path of servant leadership, which is the noblest of all styles of leadership. In this article, we review 7 main practices of servant leaders:
1. Service vs. Leadership Orientation:
Servant leaders always remember the primacy and supremacy of providing service above all and everything else.
“I am first a servant, second a leader)
Servant leaders learn and practice to listen deeply and attentively.
“I am listening to you! Tell me more.” “I listen and listen again.”
Servant leaders develop and demonstrate empathy for everyone.
“I see your humanity and show care for your pain.”
Servant leaders do their best to heal the pain and wounds of others.
“How can I help and heal you within my capacity?”
5. Community and Circle Orientation:
Servant Leaders believe in the community and the circle of humanity.
“I am a contributing and caring member of the community. Someone cared for me so that I can grow and become independent. It’s now my turn to show care for others so they can grow and become independent.”
6. Conceptualizing a Hopeful Vision:
Servant leaders are thoughtful, develop plans and ideas for a better future for all.
“I visualize and plan for a future of peace, prosperity, and progress for all.”
Servant leaders are keepers of resources and the environment.
“I believe in eliminating waste, abuse, and misuse of resources and nature. I believe in preserving nature and living in harmony with planets and animals.”
For more information and training opportunities, please contact Hamid Akbari, Ph.D., Director of ECE Servant Leader Teachers Academy.