Today is National Teacher Day, providing an excellent opportunity to reflect on how teaching is an integral part of leadership. The following definitions are all included in my Oxford Dictionary: A teacher is someone who “gives information, enables a person to do something, advocates a principle, communicates, instructs, and inspires by example.” Aren’t all of these essential skills of a good leader?
Food for Thought ~
Personally, I have found that having the mindset of a teacher has helped me cope with the demands of leadership and be more effective at the same time. When I hear requests, complaints, worries or questions, I try to identify the underlying issue that needs attention and consider how the situation might become a learning experience for all of us. Learning is a life-long process; and great teachers and leaders have an appreciation for their own continuous learning as well as others.
Question for the day ~
What situation are you currently involved in that could use your skill as a leader/teacher? Do you embrace your role as teacher as an important part of being a leader? Who have been the influential teachers in your life?
If possible, I highly recommend contacting and thanking the teachers in your life, no matter how recent or long ago. I am quite sure they will appreciate hearing from you.