I’ll never forget my third grade teacher for many reasons. Mrs. Watson was caring, helpful, patient, demanding but fair. Mostly, she made learning fun. And she was genuinely a good person.
Leaders are teachers, or at least they should be.
As leaders, we develop other leaders by sharing our knowledge and experience-and through our actions, behaviors, and performance results. In effect, we’re teaching all the time, whether we realize it or not.
Celebrate your role as a teacher by taking stock of your contributions and consciously increasing your efforts to educate others.
To do this, think about a direct report or a team or family member and answer these two questions:
- What are 3 key lessons I’ve taught that person since the beginning of the year?
- What are 3 critical lessons I need to teach him/her before the end of the year?
Then act on those lessons for every person you identify.
You have the experience, knowledge, wisdom to share, so please do. Our world needs more leaders who personify the value of teaching-just as Mrs. Watson did!