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Your first term in a middle leadership role

Climbing the career ladder is not without its challenges

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When Kathryn Horan took on her first leadership role in 2014, she found herself facing an unexpected challenge. The newly appointed early-years leader wasn’t overwhelmed with workload or struggling with senior management – instead, her long-standing teammates were the problem.

“I went from being part of a team to leading that team,” she explains. “I found that people I had previously considered to be friends were shutting me out, talking about me when I wasn’t around and generally being very difficult to manage.”

Horan tried to rebuild a friendly rapport with the team but, after several ...

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