Optimistic Leaders Stay Steady Amidst Uncertainty

2021-04-16T20:02:41-04:00August 20th, 2020|

It was 2004, the fifth hurricane of the season was about to arrive in Florida, and my mom declared that she wouldn’t evacuate her home ever again. “I’m too old for this,” she insisted. Knowing that I was not going to change her mind, but unwilling to let her go through this alone, I decided [...]

Cultivate Self-Awareness to Guide Thought, Emotion, and Behavior

2021-04-16T20:04:12-04:00June 26th, 2020|

For me, cultivating self-awareness is like opening the windows and letting some fresh air in. It means allowing myself to be curious, rather than judgmental, about what I don’t yet know or understand about myself. And as Nichole Parks, LFC’s Associate Director of Programs, so wisely said: cultivating self-awareness is hard work. That’s why people [...]

Nurturing Relationships: Me in a Group

2021-04-16T20:04:31-04:00June 17th, 2020|

When I was in my twenties, I was teaching third grade at a school in New York City. I had many close friendships among the faculty and got along with just about everyone. Early one year, the Director organized a whole-school professional development retreat at a beautiful location just outside the city. We were seated [...]

Think Impact to Make Informed Decisions

2021-04-16T20:04:52-04:00June 9th, 2020|

When I think back to my freshman year in college, I recall a professor returning my very first paper with a comment on the front page. It said: THIS READS LIKE THE YELLOW PAGES. His comment was humiliating and painful. It certainly didn’t offer me tools to improve the paper. Instead, the impact of his [...]

Why do we need Optimistic Leaders for Children?

2021-04-16T20:05:09-04:00June 5th, 2020|

We know that young children thrive in an environment of trusting relationships with the adults who care for and educate them. All aspects of children’s development — intellectual, social, emotional, physical, behavioral, and moral — are shaped by the relationships they have with the adults in their lives [1]. Now, imagine this environment of nurturing [...]

The Five Commitments of Optimistic Leadership

2021-04-13T18:39:50-04:00November 1st, 2018|

In this article originally published in Child Care Exchange, Judy Jablon, Executive Director of Leading for Children, explores how we can practice the Five Commitments of Optimistic Leadership By Judy Jablon, Executive Director, Leading for Children Child Care Exchange, 2018

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