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Recorded Webinar: Leadership Clinic Part 6
Understanding and working through power dynamics
Duration: Approx. 40 min
This webinar is the final in a series of interactive leadership conversations, led by Barbara Watson and Bridgit Williams. Each session has had a leadership focus that has been illustrated by way of relatable scenarios. Participants have discussed the problems, issues and dilemmas in these scenarios and drawn on leadership theory and experience to develop a range of appropriate responses to each situation.

The intention is to present everyday leadership situations and collectively problem-solve potential and implementable solutions. 

The series has been structured around the following topics: 
  • What does it take to be an effective leader? 
  • Setting and maintaining clear expectations 
  • Coaching effective practice in others 
  • Managing poor performance 
  • Having difficult conversations
  • Understanding and working through power dynamics

In all ECE teams there are levels of power that will impact everyone. These dynamics can shift and change over time as new team members come and go. The dynamics of power in our teams can be subtle or overt. And they will have a strong impact on how our team members feel and perform in their role. 

As leaders managing power dynamics is part of our responsibility. How do we impact others with our own power? And how do we maintain a balance of power that has a positive effect within our teams?
Facilitated by Barbara Watson (PhD)
PhD; MEdAdmin; BEd (ECE); Dip.Tchg (Primary)
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Also facilitated by Bridgit Williams
MProfStud(Ed); BA (Ed); DipTchgECE; PGDip Montessori
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What others have to say about this webinar  

I really liked the idea of the leader reflecting on themself too, and finding ways to move forward. 
I also liked the comment about a skilled leader navigating through all circumstances, ensuring everyone’s mana is in check.
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Thank you I have learned so much, I know for a fact I look at preserve the relationship over progress the task, so I want to address this more. I also am looking at what I can change or my role when there is some power struggles when settling new staff etc. Im excited to get practicing as practice makes perfect!
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Very easy to understand and helped me to understand a little more about my team. 
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About the Webinar Presenters

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Barbara Watson (PhD)
PhD; MEdAdmin; BEd (ECE); Dip.Tchg (Primary)

Barbara is a qualified early childhood and primary teacher and has owned and managed early childhood centres. Having worked as part of the EC Professional Support team at the Faculty of Education for 7 years, she has strong links with The University of Auckland. While in this role Barbara facilitated a variety of workshops and programmes for a wide range of ECE services and also lectured on a number of ECE papers.

Barbara has a passion for supporting teachers to make effective links between theory and practice. Her Masters thesis focused on leadership and adult education and her PhD investigated how induction and mentoring programmes are enacted in education and care services. Barbara works with centre leaders as a mentor, coach and external appraiser.

Bridgit Williams
MProfStud(Ed); BA (Ed); DipTchgECE; PGDip Montessori

Bridgit is a mother and experienced early childhood leader and teacher. She has a Masters degree in Professional Studies and has been a facilitator of early childhood teacher's professional learning since 2015. 

As a professional leader in the early childhood sector, Bridgit has extensive knowledge in child development, learning and teaching.

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