The first leaders in any child’s life are his parents, then come his teachers.
I fondly recall my English teacher standing in front of the class, straight, with a clear and confident voice teaching us the rudiments of the language. In my mind, she will always have a special place – because she taught me something new, something so essential, and with such grace and dedication.
Similarly, whenever someone in my professional life teaches me something new, something helpful, he or she immediately gains my respect and support. This is also what I try to do: to lead with a helpful and open hand, to help build depth in my organization’s human capital and to assist my colleagues improve their skills set – building good faith and friendship one person at a time.
The rewards that I get from this are enormous, not only in terms of career advancement, but also in terms of personal satisfaction. As a mentor, I receive recognition from people above me and deference from those who I helped along the way.
As much as we need to acquire new skills in the early stages of our career, once established, there is nothing more rewarding than to be able to share our knowledge and leverage that knowledge through others. This is the kind of vision and commitment that companies need nowadays in order to progress and prosper as competition grows and comes threatening from all fronts. Knowledge that is not harvested is knowledge that is wasted. Promoting a culture of learning and sharing at work can only benefit in the long term.
For those interested in training others or for companies looking to implement a professional development program within their organization, there are companies out there that specialize in training the trainers. Or the way I like to think about it, they train the leaders of tomorrow.
This post was sponsored by Carlton Training. Carlton Training offers PTLLS courses. This course is for anyone wishing to teach or train adults and leads to the nationally recognized City and Guilds 7303 Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) certificate.