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  • Writer's pictureKyle Mealy

3 Levels to Master Teaching

Leaders who crave the #NextLevel need to multiply themselves. They must become better teachers and trainers. Step 1 is to look in the mirror and see ourselves & our tendencies (Thanks GiANT Worldwide). Below I'll share the 3 levels and how to go beyond. If you'd like to learn and experience Kyle's mastery of teaching: Start a conversation.

Who: The people/roles that are usually in this stage

What: Their tendencies as teachers. The actions they take.

Looks Like: The typical experiences and impact others have of their methods.

Solve: 3 or 4 small shifts that help go to the

Level 1: Accidental

Who: CEOs of Owner Lead Sales, Middle Managers, Young Executives

What: No one does it as well as the leader does it. They spread themselves thin performing. No multiplication of their talent.

Looks Like: They'll share situation specific nuggets. They have no followers at the same level. These leaders are going moment to moment and expect the followers to figure it out.

Solve: Leaders in this space need to say no and re-focus. They say "No". And then invest that new found time into intentional teaching. It will hurt at first, but the ROI on multiplication is positive.

These folks have mastered a skill. But, no one does it as well as them. They constantly need to perform the skill for those around you to win. They are not multiplying. In fact, they are the best at it in the company and no one else is even close! People following/reporting to them frequently are frustrated with them. They never quite live up to expectations because expectations seem arbitrary. They share occasional nuggets But they are situation specific, and oftentimes they contradict themselves over time. It’s rare that a follower has the grit to follow them long enough to absorb enough information and figure out how to apply it for themselves.

Level 2: Overload

Who: Leaders for the 1st Time intentional about teaching their skills

What: They overshare. They unintentionally take the thinking away from followers. The followers can just ask the master, and the master always has the answer.

Looks Like: Tell, Tell, and more Tell. Followers have glazed eyes. These Leaders want to give, but give too much. Paralyzing their followers with too much information or too little ownership.

Solve: Leaders here need to cut the information they give in half, then in half again. Ask followers to answer their own questions. Then circle back to make sure they have applied the concept and now own it.

They have so much to share, that they firehose their followers with information. Certainly the followers become mediocre, which is a great step forward. The followers have lots of loyalty because they do make progress. But the best of these followers always move on because their growth stagnates. The ones that stay, they become dependent on the leader. Trapped by their mediocrity and can’t handle anything with complexity. The followers never see the whole forest, so they can never elevate themselves.

I’ll admit, I'm battling through this zone myself in my own speaking/external leadership.

Level 3: Mastery

Who: Ninjas! Nearly impossible to see because the stars around them shine bright enough to hide them.

What: They identify people with high potential and develop long term relationships with them. Share just enough at critical moments to move their students along.

Looks Like: The right nugget at the right time. 100% belief in their students. Answer the students call, because the right student only comes when they are truly stuck and ready for another nugget.

They are incredibly intentional with whom they choose to invest their training. They give unconditional support, so long as the student is fully engaging themselves. Because they give the student the space to find the right questions to ask, when the student finally does, the leader gives them the right nugget. They’re experts at inviting the right question, ignoring the distracting ones, and patiently waiting for the student to see it for themselves.


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