This paper is first published in S.L. Kagan and B.T. Bowman (Eds.), Leadership in early care and education. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

This paper describes the author’s perspective on leadership within the early care and education field. Although written and published more than 10 years ago, the issues presented, remarkably and unfortunately, still remain salient to the field’s current challenges in developing and cultivating diverse leaders.