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The Director’s Role in Creating Community

by Michael Koetje and Peter Blair
January/February 2007
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At first glance, the topic of motivation seems fairly straightforward. But the real work of creating community is much harder to address. Perhaps this is because it requires reflection and change on our part as leaders and because forming true community often runs contrary to how most leaders lead. Here are some points to consider along the way.

Point 1: Hire good people

The first thing on our list is hiring passionate, motivated people. We want people who love children, families, themselves, and life, express a desire to be a part of something larger than themselves, and want to join a community and contribute to its growth. Then we give them lots of autonomy and support them. Goethe said, “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” Most leaders develop their own vision and encourage others to join them in attaining that vision. We feel that in order to develop community you must develop a common vision with your staff, one that everyone feels a part of, and thus, empowered to create change to attain that vision.

Point 2: Help teachers see themselves as professionals

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