If you think a good teacher must be good at leadership then it is not entirely wrong. Indeed a successful, good teacher have that leadership quality that business leaders can learn from. Basically, a teacher is like a mentor. Meanwhile, mentorship and leadership capabilities have strong positive correlation. Therefore, it si good for business leaders to learn more about leadership qualities and capabilities from good teachers.
Develop your leadership capabilities by learning from good teachers
So if you say someone is a good leader then that means she or he must be good at teaching too? Or if someone’s job is to teach others then she or he must be good at leading an organization or business too? Let’s see the positive correlation between good mentorship from good teachers and good leadership that business leaders can learn from:
The ability to inspire
What business leaders can learn from good teachers is their ability to inspire individuals and cause others to rally behind a common goal. Influence does matter in leadership because it associate with effective communication and strong relationship. What good leaders should learn is drawing out the best from their team and support them to reach their potential to the fullest just like what teachers do to their students.
You might remember how your teachers used particular tools in their teaching to make it easier for you to understand things or help you learn quickly. The role of tool is important both in mentorship and leadership. Hence, it is important for you to find the right tools (literally and figuratively) for leading your team successfully.
Track the progress
Good teachers usually track their student’s progress by conducting regular exams, quiz, or just from regular observation in the class. Encourage your team members to reach their fullest potential while racking their progress and see how effective your approach is in supporting and facilitating them. One-on-one approach in tracking their progress is more recommended so you can actually see the reports in an individual context.
Good teachers usually give feedback to their students so their students know their strength, weakness, potential,etc. However, teachers usually do it in more specific ways that is also motivating, encouraging, and actionable. They are not just saying you did a good job or you were wrong. They give positive criticism and encourage their students to respond positively so they make meaningful changes for themselves. And this is what you can do as well in your organization, by establishing constructive feedback to help your team grow.
From good teachers, business leaders can also learn more about developing good coaching skills. You see that dictating teachers usually don’t really earn respect from their students. Meanwhile, good teachers have trust in their students. They believe that every student has potential to grow. As the result, the students gain more confidence and are able to exhibit excellent performance. This is what you can learn about coaching skills from good teachers. Trust your team members while still delivering good support to help them grow better.