Why Leadership Is A Teaching Role
Leadership is a teaching role. One of the best ways to spot the emerging leaders in your business is to see who is going out of their way to teach their colleagues, their team and anyone who needs help.
Teaching remains critical for growth Even in busy or stressful periods of time, teaching remains critical because we are all dealing with change. Change requires growth and it requires development. It may be mentoring, coaching or emotional teaching for some, others may just need to learn how to use new technology. Effective leadership involves five key steps 1. Setting and understanding the benchmark Understand what you want, get an example (or a template) and have that ready. The benchmark you set is the benchmark your staff will endeavour to meet. It’s therefore important you are actively setting the pace for your team to follow, and that this pace is being monitored so you understand what is realistic and what will take time to develop.
2. Communicate Say it a few times, get them to say it back and let them have a go at it. Effective communication is the key to having important and urgent objectives met. If everyone is on the same page and understands what they need to do from the get-go, the less time you will have to take out performing quality control.
3. Give feedback Give feedback on their first attempt. Proper, line by line feedback. Highlight three things you were impressed by and three things that could be improved for next time. Giving a huge list of ‘to improves’ isn’t helpful because we learn in bite sized pieces.
If you are wanting to inspire and motivate your team, start with the constructive feedback before moving onto appraising what they did successfully. Acknowledging the positive contributions your team brings to the table will leave them motivated and determined to perform higher quality work in the future. Be honest and direct with your feedback, but ensure you are also acknowledging credit where credit is due.
4. Monitor output Monitor their output for the next month, or a period that works best for your business or that particular individual. Highlight when they make similar mistakes, acknowledge when they clearly improve and explain exactly what has improved.
Also note that people have good days and bad days, so progress will not always be going upwards. Some days people take ten steps forwards and others they will take a few steps back. It’s important you place things into perspective and understand whether the overall improvement is positive because that is the real indicator of success.
5. Start Again
Communicate their progress to them. Some things are a one-off learning experience, but most of the time learning a new skill properly is a 12-month period.
You don’t get to put the teaching part down. If you want your team to continuously grow, you need to continuously be teaching, pushing, giving feedback and setting a benchmark.
Leaders become great not because of their power but, because of their ability to empower others. Empowering the potential leaders in your business will not only inspire loyalty within them but will push your own business forward in the calibre of results you deliver.