How to Empower Your Team Through Teachable Moments

Teachers lead, and leaders teach. They’re really two sides of the same coin. Both scenarios are manifestations of years of work, observation, and active engagement in your field. A teacher shapes minds by sharing her wisdom — and what is a leader, if not that?

When I recognized the fundamental relationship between teachers and leaders, it changed the way I support my team. I realized that each of us needs to connect daily with people from whom we can learn new skills and ideas. We thrive through growth, so I began emphasizing ongoing learning and cross-training programs. These are wonderful ways to bring together people with different skill sets so they can teach and lead one another. They also nurture awareness of how interconnected different teams are and how much the company depends on their working collaboratively.

There’s a personal reason that I’m passionate about teaching and leadership as well. Early in my career, I was assigned a role for which I was unqualified. If I’m being honest, I wasn’t really mature enough to handle it, either. Unsurprisingly, I soon made an epic blunder, and I thought my career was over.

But the chief financial officer at the company took me under her wing and spent the next three months coaching and mentoring me. She gave me direct, blunt feedback in constructive ways, and I slowly came to inhabit the role with newfound confidence.

That was a long time ago, but not a day goes by that I don’t use some skill or piece of advice she taught me. Years later, I learned that no one had extended the same support to her, so she made it her mission to coach someone with potential so that person wouldn’t have to go it alone, as she had.

I try to honor the gift she gave me when I work with young professionals now. Like my mentor, I provide clear feedback, constructive criticism, and praise when it’s warranted. My mentees know my criticisms are never personal and that I am their biggest cheerleader. As I see it, my job is to both be their leader and their teacher, and I hope to have as positive an impact on others as my mentor had on me.

Make the Most of Teachable Moments

I’ve realized that teachable moments occur every day. As leaders, we need to be on the lookout for employees who are struggling to fulfill their potential. By sharing our wisdom, we can help them grow and achieve more for themselves and the company.

Perhaps the most important lesson we can impart is that each person in the organization needs to have a team mentality. A few years back, I encountered a smart, ambitious young woman who was obsessed with becoming an industry rock star. Her fixation on rising through the ranks as quickly as possible put her at odds with her bosses and colleagues, and she felt she didn’t receive the recognition she deserved. She came to me frustrated with her lack of progress. I think she was surprised when I gently but honestly told her that she was causing these problems herself. She needed to see herself as part of a broader ecosystem before she could become the rock star she believed herself to be.

I empathized with her desire to be successful, but I knew she wouldn’t achieve her goals unless she focused less on her own achievements and more on contributing to the collective good. She began recognizing others for their help and championing her colleagues’ ideas during meetings — and before long, she was moving up the ranks.

Each of us contributes to shared goals, and the more we see ourselves as vital components in a broader mission, the more we contribute. Still, it’s the teacher’s (or leader’s) job to ensure that everyone has the support necessary to fulfill his or her role. Leaders set the tone for how decisions get made and problems get solved, and they teach through their integrity and their actions.

As leaders, we need to embrace our dual roles and take advantage of the opportunities to teach something meaningful every day.

Sona Jepsen is a writer and speaker helping people be so good, they can’t be ignored. She enjoys fixing, and growing businesses. Sona is passionate about people and performance with purpose.

38 COMMENTS

  1. Howdy! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after browsing through some
    of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m certainly delighted I stumbled
    upon it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back regularly!

  2. Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after going through
    many of the articles I realized it’s new to me.
    Nonetheless, I’m certainly happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking it
    and checking back often!

  3. I just like the valuable information you provide to your articles.

    I’ll bookmark your weblog and take a look at again right here regularly.
    I’m relatively certain I will be informed a lot of new stuff right right here!
    Best of luck for the next!

  4. I’m no longer sure the place you are getting your
    info, but good topic. I must spend a while learning much more or working out
    more. Thanks for magnificent information I was searching
    for this info for my mission.

  5. Please let me know if you’re looking for a author for your site.
    You have some really good posts and I believe I would be a good asset.

    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d
    love to write some articles for your blog in exchange for
    a link back to mine. Please blast me an email if interested.
    Thanks!

  6. Admiring the commitment you put into your blog and in depth information you offer.
    It’s nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same out of date rehashed
    material. Excellent read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds
    to my Google account.

  7. Unquestionably imagine that which you said. Your favourite justification seemed to be at the internet the simplest thing to bear in mind of.
    I say to you, I definitely get irked while other people think about worries that they just don’t recognise about.
    You controlled to hit the nail upon the highest and also defined out the whole thing without having side-effects ,
    other people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more.
    Thanks

  8. I truly love your site.. Great colors & theme. Did you develop
    this website yourself? Please reply back as
    I’m looking to create my own personal site and would like to
    know where you got this from or just what the theme is called.

    Thank you!

  9. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.
    You obviously know what youre talking about,
    why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something informative to read?

  10. May I just say what a comfort to find someone who genuinely understands what they’re discussing over the internet.
    You certainly know how to bring an issue to light and make
    it important. A lot more people must look at this and understand this side of the story.
    I can’t believe you aren’t more popular because you certainly have the gift.

  11. We absolutely love your blog and find most of your post’s to be exactly I’m looking
    for. Does one offer guest writers to write content for you?

    I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating on a lot of the
    subjects you write related to here. Again, awesome web log!

  12. I think this is among the most important information for me.
    And i am glad reading your article. But should remark on few
    general things, The web site style is wonderful, the articles is really nice : D.

    Good job, cheers

  13. I’m really loving the theme/design of your web site. Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility problems?
    A few of my blog visitors have complained about my website not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Safari.
    Do you have any suggestions to help fix this problem?

  14. Howdy very cool web site!! Man .. Beautiful .. Wonderful ..

    I’ll bookmark your site and take the feeds additionally?
    I am glad to seek out so many useful info right here in the put up,
    we need develop extra strategies in this regard, thanks
    for sharing. . . . . .

  15. That is very interesting, You’re an excessively skilled blogger.
    I have joined your feed and look ahead to looking
    for extra of your great post. Additionally, I have shared
    your website in my social networks

  16. Please let me know if you’re looking for a
    writer for your blog. You have some really great posts and I believe I would be
    a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d really like
    to write some material for your blog in exchange
    for a link back to mine. Please shoot me an email
    if interested. Thanks!

  17. I’m no longer certain where you’re getting your information, but great topic.
    I must spend a while finding out much more or working out more.
    Thank you for magnificent info I was looking for this info for my
    mission.

  18. bob peluca rojo con destellos de plata

    tape in extensions Don forget that you can transmog to pre legendary versions of the
    hand of Rag, shadowmourne, and fangs. There also an every flasier hand of Rag for transmog through Firelands.
    And we all running around with actual artifacts. The Attorney
    General evaluates the following factors regarding each adult considered for protection:Some witnesses
    who are already in state or federal prison may also eligible for the Witness
    Security Program if they meet the criteria of the program.
    In addition to the other conditions of the program, prisoner
    witnesses are required to take a polygraph test. Entry into the program can be
    denied depending on the results of the polygraph test.
    tape in extensions

    lace front wigs If no candidate wins a majority, then the individual
    with the fewest votes is eliminated, as are any other candidates who receive
    less than five percent of the votes cast. The House continues to
    vote, for several rounds if necessary, until one member receives the requisite majority.

    Then, the House votes on a formal motion to appoint the member
    in question to the Speakership. lace front wigs

    human hair wigs Explosions were able to be heard in the distance.”I suppose you leave me no choice. If I am to die then I will bring you with me, Bond.” Replied Morgan. It sounded as
    if there was genuine remorse and sadness in his voice, as if he was sad he
    would have to kill his followers and himself to bring me down. human hair
    wigs

    full lace wigs I hope you like it. I went to 5 or 6 stores in search of a plain black hoodie.
    I was surprised that I couldn’t find anything! Eventually I found this Lightening
    McQueen hoodie that my son already had and covered up the
    decal with some felt. Labaree (1948) has identified eight characteristics that differentiated
    the two groups. Psychologically, Loyalists were older, better established, and more likely to resist innovation than the Patriots.
    Loyalists said the Crown was the legitimate government and resistance
    to it was morally wrong, while the Patriots thought morality was on their side because the
    British government had violated the constitutional rights of Englishmen. full lace wigs

    full lace wigs The top dome is a plastic water drip pan (made
    for hanging flower pots). The very top of the hydrant is a microwable Kraft mac n cheese cup.
    The sides of the fire hydrant are made of foam rings (used for flower arrangements).
    Annette was raised in a Catholic family.[12]Funicello was married to her
    first husband, Jack Gilardi, from 1965 until 1981.

    They had three children: Gina Portman (b. 1965), Jack, Jr.
    full lace wigs

    I Tip extensions (The Feders later re located
    to Mount St. Helens, Washington.) The letter would include a series of questions, usually about a current social issue, to which Roseannadanna made derogatory comments about New Jersey before moving on to respond to the question. Joyce Brothers, Princess Grace, Gloria Vanderbilt, etc.) which
    had no relevance to the topic at hand. I Tip extensions

    lace front wigs When this incident happened, I went back upstairs
    and had a good laugh about it with the other managers.
    They asked why I didn sack him there and then, and I responded that
    I didn think it was in my job role. They handed me the phone and told
    me to call him and tell him not to come back. lace front wigs

    U Tip Extensions Given our global marketplace you will likely be meeting customers from China, Israel, Nigeria and Germany, Argentina and Arkansas.
    Names and pronunciations vary by country and region. Eugenia pronounced “U Gene E Ah” in the US sounds entirely different in the Southern hemisphere: “O heee Nee Yah.” Win points by pronouncing it her way!
    My secret: I spell it out phonetically whether on paper or in my mind.

    U Tip Extensions

    tape in extensions People get confused when it comes to how to use a wig cap or how to
    choose the best wig cap to wear. Actually, it is quite simple.
    Cap construction has come a long way over the years,
    the progress of science and technology gives us great support; the wig cap is where
    the synthetic fibers or human hairs are attached to create the wig.
    tape in extensions

    tape in extensions After the tour, and following the release of “Maybe I’m Amazed” in early
    1977, Wings took a break. Later in the year, the band started recording their next album in the Virgin Islands, but the sessions were interrupted by
    Linda’s pregnancy and then by the departures of both McCulloch and
    English. McCulloch, who joined the Small Faces, had difficulty
    handling the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, ultimately dying of a heroin overdose in 1979 tape in extensions.

    Full Lace Wigs

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here