In previous posts, I drew parallels between leadership and teaching. I have deep regard for the skills of a good teacher and good leaders seem to naturally apply their critcal skills.
Here are the five critical behaviors of a teacher and the same behaviors applied to leadership as originally cited in Great Leaders Should Behave Like a Teacher
Five Critical Behaviors of a Teacher
Five Critical Behaviors of a Leader
Teach to an objective
Lead to an objective. Have clarity in your misison.
SELECT an objective at the appropriate level of difficulty.
Put people in a position and role where they can succeed.Pursue clarity in roles.
MAINTAIN the focus of the learner on the learning.
MAINTAIN the focus on the follower.
USE without abuse the Principles of Learning (Active Participation, Motivation, Closure, Reinforcement)
USE without abuse the Principles of leadership (Active Participation, Motivation, Engagement, Trust)
MONITOR and adjust.
MONITOR and adjust.
In this post, I focus on the the second critical behavior of teachers and leaders.
The concept for a teacher is simple. A good teacher teaches at the appropriate level of difficulty. A third grader who is just learning his/her multiplication facts isn't ready to receive a lesson on quantum physics. Of course, a good teach constantly monitors and adjusts (this is another key behavior that I want to explore later) in order to get to the right level of difficulty.
As a leader/manager, I try to use a parallel concept with two tenents:
Just like a great teacher who is able to provide the perfect lesson at the right level of difficulty for a learner, a great leader/manager needs to be able to place a team member in a perfect and clear role to be successful. It is just another example of parallel critical behaviors between teachers and leaders.
In my own quiet fashion, I continue to show respect for the skills of a good teacher. My series also includes:
Thanks for reading. Please lead quietly and like a teacher.