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The Paradox of School Leadership

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After my fourth child was born I remember telling my husband, “That birth seemed easier than the others.”

My doula, who had been there for all four births, said, “The childbirth wasn’t easier this time, Chanie. What’s different is you. You’re smarter and stronger than you were before. You have a different mindset going into labor, and your body knows how to respond. You are better equipped to navigate the massive discomfort that comes with childbirth.”

So much of the time, we wish for things to be easier. But what if, instead, we embraced the discomfort? What if we leaned into the challenges facing us and learned from them? This is how we become discerning, wise, capable, resilient leaders in all aspects of our lives—including our career.

This week, I’m starting a five-part series on The Schools of Excellence Podcast about the paradoxes of leadership. As we develop our leadership skills, one of the things we discover is that the “problems” we thought we had to solve aren’t actually problems. They’re just uncomfortable paradoxes we have to coexist with.

In the first episode, I’ll discuss:

  • What I mean by paradoxes, and the five reasons why they exist
  • Which four paradoxes show up in childcare settings
  • How to approach paradoxes as an empowered leader​

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If you’re craving a deeper conversation and transformation beyond one-size-fits-no-one tips and tricks, you are invited to work with me during a Schools of Excellence Leadership Day Intensive, where you’ll get a full day of on-demand, in-school training with me, plus various accountability check-ins, to help you and your team navigate the paradoxes of leadership and build a more resilient center.

For owners and directors who are looking to elevate their leadership through the guidance, camaraderie, and support of a community of like-minded leaders, apply to join the Owner’s HQ and Director’s Inner Circle membership programs. Inside, you’ll receive access to tools, resources, coaching, and community to support your efforts to build a school of excellence.

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More about the show:

If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and beautiful quality of life.

Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make every day which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve every day.

In addition to weekly solo episodes, she’ll also be inviting industry leaders and the changing makers of the landscape of education to give listeners the inside knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

Don’t miss an episode, subscribe today for everything you need for your leadership journey!