So I ask you to reflect: what is the long-term impact on your children when they are being led by staff who struggle with emotional regulation and boundaries?
Now, imagine a future for your center that looks something like this:
When a conflict arises among two teachers, you watch them lean into the discomfort. You see them make eye contact and talk out their frustrations. They stay with it, and neither of them engage in fight or flight. It's a moment you’re tempted to record ... but you don't. You just observe with a twinkle in your eye, a small smile on your face, and an ease in your heart: “My team has got this!”
You stand in a state of calm that is devoid of agitation or commotion. You are confident and find delight in the ordinary and beautiful moments that make up leading a learning center. You ask the right questions of your team, and invite them to be accountable for their own development and take personal responsibility.
Thanks to the new frameworks and tools available to your entire team, your staff stops blaming each other and embraces generosity.
This isn't a zero-sum game. Everyone is cheering for each staff member. And, they stop playing the victim and instead lead from a place of self-respect and a desire to share and celebrate with others.
They advocate for what they need before bringing an issue to you. They practice discernment and manage up when needed. They lead with kindness and demonstrate a willingness to be on the team and go to bat for each other.
And in return, you’re able to stay focused on the big picture. The visionary projects that only YOU can do.