At some point in life, we each take on the role of a teacher. Maybe you’re a parent, a coach, a Sunday school teacher, a youth leader, a manager, a scout master. And I know we’re all on different ends of the spectrum when it comes to how much teaching/coaching we do. So what traits do we need to possess or develop to help others learn and grow?
Last week I hosted a Train-the-Trainer class at my company. It’s a class we developed specifically for corporate trainers. It covers topics like adult-learning theory, presentation techniques, classroom facilitation, building a course, creating lesson plans.
For one of the exercises, we asked the following question: Name your favorite presenter/instructor and what makes them so great?
Here are some of the traits they named:
I told the class that one of my favorite presenters was Steve Jobs. He exhibited all the above qualities and, in my opinion, pioneered a unique presentation style.
I’m not saying that a great teacher needs all of these qualities in equal measures. But hopefully, one either possesses or can develop many of the traits listed above. A desire to help others is the all-important starting point.
How about you? Which teacher traits do you think are the most important? Do you have others you would like to add?