As we continue to move forward as a profession and develop as a discipline, our evolution is greatly influenced by our strategic plan and goals. The Association of Child Life Professionals’ (ACLP) Strategic Plan clearly states that it will advance the field of child life by enhancing the professional growth and development of members with a goal of increasing leadership capacity (ACLP, 2018). ACLP engages in the cultivation of leaders by providing opportunities to participate in leadership roles within ACLP committees, work groups, and task forces. As a participant on a committee, work group, or task force, professionals are encouraged to attend leadership related training. Additionally, ACLP-provided webinars, conference sessions, and networking opportunities further explore the multiple facets of leadership and promote the individual’s development of leadership-specific skills; this includes the cultivation of the introverted, quiet leader.
Quiet leaders understand the importance of listening, letting go of the ego, and keeping their cool in stressful situations; they are realists who move carefully, put together contingency plans, and highly value trust.