What Good Is Someone’s World Of Lessons If They Can’t Come Off The Page?
Leadership Lesson: To ensure integrity in a lesson, those sharing the lesson should be closely watched to ensure they are living and operating within the parameters and standards they teach to and set for others.
Learning is important. That much is obvious, right? It’s at the core of what developing, creating, and growing in your life, workplace, and career is.
Some people will stop learning by choice. They’ve had their fair share of as much as they can — and would like to — take.
Others see the merit in evolving, changing, and recycling the knowledge, as it’s refined and further developed throughout their life or career back into their environment as a means of strengthening everything around them.
Refining what you learn and putting it out into the environment is not only beneficial because it directly benefits the environment, but it demonstrates that there is something worth learning and that the subject of the knowledge is a deliverable – something that can be delivered and actually utilized effectively.
You’ve probably heard that saying that you should practice what you preach. Those few words carry enormous weight. What we put out to provide value and for others to learn needs to be workable, and we should set the example and make that happen by living or utilizing the lessons we share.
It’s also an accountability we should not only hold for ourselves, but for others as well. Just as we need to make sure that we can follow through on what we say and teach, it’s just as important to also keep those who teach us accountable.
For our own purposes, we may not keep others accountable, per se – calling them out or anything of that nature – but at the very least we are cognizant and selective about who we choose to learn from and work with. We need to be careful of what we tolerate and accept in lessons.
Learning not only takes place in the classroom lessons, but also by witnessing, when possible, the teachers exemplifying the lessons as well.
It’s important for those who teach something to practice it for various reasons:
It demonstrates that what is being taught serves an actual purpose
So much goes into learning. Time, resources, effort, focus, and sacrifice take place at varying levels depending on the commitment to learning a subject or specialty.
It’s important to know that what you’re committing to learning can be put into practice and be effective.
No one can guarantee that something will be perfectly effective, but it’s important to know that what we are learning will have some impact.
It reflects how well the teacher understands the subject
Watching someone execute what they are teaching provides the student reassurance that they’ve come to (or were assigned) the right person.
Understanding comes through experience. The experience is not solely important because it shows that someone knows a subject, but because it also provides footnotes and endnotes of knowledge with regard to how a subject actually plays out outside of the textbook. Through the personal footnotes and endnotes, the lessons not only cover the major, general theories, but also the day-to-day nuances of actually putting lessons into play.
It demonstrates that the teacher can be effective in the delivery of the subject, not just the conveyance of the idea
Beyond a teacher knowing a subject, it’s also important to know that the person who is teaching the subject is effective in executing the theories and ideas of a subject.
When you learn, you want to learn from those who have the best grasp on a subject. Again, this is based on the various commitments which were discussed in the first point above.
There needs to be some semblance of a return on investment (ROI). Why not learn from someone who is as effective as possible to maximize that ROI?
It provides credibility for the teacher of the subject
It helps a teacher’s reputation when they are able to carry out what they suggest others should do with their knowledge, careers, or, in some cases, lives.
Reputation is important for any of us, so we should hold in high regard those who practice what they preach and be wary of those who merely teach but wouldn’t take the risks or be knowledgeable enough to take the steps to execute the ideas.
There’s something to be said about learning from someone who practices what they preach, and we need to consider that.
It might seem like enough to make sure the right things are covered in lessons and that enough pertinent working knowledge of a subject is gained, but if someone is not practicing their craft, in some capacity or minimal level, we should be careful in seeking their guidance.
This lesson is not meant solely for consideration of actual teachers but anyone who passes on information and knowledge to another, such as a mentor, advisor, or someone who is providing advice.
The concern is not when the teacher cannot succeed in their endeavor; it is that they will not even begin to do — or try to do — the work for which they’ve outlined lessons.
Think about this when you are paying your knowledge forward.
So, What About You?
- Those from whom you’ve drawn your lessons, how motivating and driven are they in carrying out the lessons they’ve taught you?
- Have you had moments when you’ve realized a teacher could neither take you into the execution of the idea nor begin to guide you in the right direction?
- In paying it forward, how do you make sure to have lived your lessons?