Leaders as Teachers

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Leaders as Teachers
Parthiban Kulandaivel, Member, Other, India

Here are several crucial actions to ensure a successful leaders-as-teachers approach.
1. It’s important that the chairman and CEO and leadership team be involved and supportive.
2. Emphasize the value of teachinglearning as part of the criteria related to leadership potential.
3. Use a change-leadership process (Kotter’s eight steps) for long-term sustainability.
4. Develop “Big Mo” (momentum). Worry little about resistance, and focus on those who want to be involved. Enough momentum always trumps resistance. People like to be part of successes and to be where positive things happen. Momentum and involvement beget more momentum and involvement. At some point, they become the norm and part of the culture.
5. Make teaching valuable, engaging, rewarding, fun, and hassle-free.
6. Maintain strategic and business goal alignment. Our programs all have a common purpose: to grow the business and our people.
7. Maintain a strong link between classroom and real-work application. All of our teaching is in the form of active learning with application to participant responsibilities
8. Make leaders as teachers cost-effective. Leaders often learn as much as, and sometimes more than, the participants.

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