Use team members’ strengths to create a fun working environment

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Have you worked for teams where everyone pitches in, and you all work together in perfect harmony? Do you always play to your strengths in a team, or are there times when the group you’re in just doesn’t gel?

What does this mean for you? Teams are an integral part of how things are done in your centre. If you show that you have the ability to work well with others, this will have a major impact on the overall success of the Centre for the children and the Educators!

Do you recognise that others in the team have strengths and experiences that can complement yours and those of other team members?

Can you identify them?

Where do they come from?

For example, before becoming an educator:

  • I was born and lived in England
  • I worked at Pizza Hut
  • I worked at a Bakery
  • I worked in a Supermarket on the check-out
  • My father was an architect
  • My mother worked in childcare as a cook
  • I studied to be a scientist
  • I worked internationally in Clinical Research
  • I studied Early Childhood Education & Care
  • I am apublic speaker

Your knowledge of each educator’s strengths and experiences is invaluable to your team and the children. These strengths can help achieve the goals of the team. Do you value them?

An educator’s thoughts….

When leaders value the strengths, talents and interests of a team member:

  • They empower that person to use and share their strengths. This creates a “social constructivist learning community” among the team which benefits the children, families and the service
  • They can create an enthusiastic team who feel valued and committed
  • They can enhance leadership opportunities by placing people in roles that complement their strengths, then expand these roles into future leadership positions. By encouraging leadership succession opportunities they plan for the profession of tomorrow
  • Learning among team members becomes embedded and valued
  • They empower the team to achieve shared visions and to get the job done
  • They promote happiness, productivity and retention
  • People perform best when working in their strength areas, and teams perform best when the team itself has a balanced, complementary set of strengths.

Every educator is different and diverse and comes to the setting with skills, talents and experience that are as unique as they are.


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