Teachers are specialists in leadership as well as education. Students carry the lessons from their teachers beyond the school walls and into their daily lives—now and into their future. Educators take on the role of a leader and there is much to be learned from their styles. Many of their leadership styles and approaches can be applied to other settings like a corporate workplace or even simply day to day life.
A considerate leader
A powerful skill for any leader is the ability to hear out what others have to say without judgment. This kind of teacher will listen to students and consider their thoughts and opinions to make adjustments if something isn’t working. Outside of a classroom, this kind of leadership style can be used in nonprofit organizations. For nonprofits, it’s important for leader to listen to their staff. Every area of an organization is affected by changes and leaders must listen to the opinion of their staff to make sure these changes work for everyone involved. Small adjustments can lead to large changes in efficacy and success.
A leader that plans
Planning is the core of every teacher’s skill set. As a leader in the classroom, an educator considers all challenges before implementing a new initiative. On a broader level, educational leaders can apply their individual expertise to larger school initiatives. These leaders are capable of planning with a staff in mind. In a corporation or organization, planning is also a team effort that should involve a wide array of staff members. By acknowledging their staff may know more than them in certain areas, there will be more content expertise and ownership to the new initiative.
An empathetic leader
Some teachers don’t just stop at listening and considering the opinions of their students. Beyond changing a lesson plan or making adjustments for students, some leaders of education practice empathy. They work to understand how demanding school can be and actively listens to their students on a professional as well as personal level. In the workplace, leaders can learn from this kind of style. By listening to staff and employees and actually trying to understand where they’re coming from, a leader can show their care extends past just getting a job done. An approachable leader is a great leader.
A leader that develops talent
More often than not, a teacher will be the first to recognize a student’s strengths and potential. They work with students on a personal level to someday shape them into great leaders. It should go without saying that leaders build leaders. In the day to day life, for example, a manager of a store and restaurant will look to a model employee with great potential to grow into a higher position. They recognize a staff member’s talents and give them the opportunities to grow.
Educators’ lessons carry well on into student’s adulthood and other workplace cultures. There is much to be learned from a teacher’s leadership style and how they lead a classroom to success. By following educators’ leadership styles, other leaders in different workplace cultures will find success in their own settings.