Teacher As Leader

Touching more lives, affecting the outcome of so many futures a teacher is the
epitome of a leader. Just as a leader has his or her own style, their way of
motivating their students, also plays an important part in a students success.

Spending more time with our children then most parents do, a teacher is
fundamental in shaping our children. If they are poor leaders our children
suffer. When they shine as leaders our children blossom and the universe is wide
open to them. As a teacher it is of utmost importance that you tune your
leadership skills and find the best style of teaching for the students you are
teaching. In finding resources for this paper it was interesting to note that
all the information fell under the category of leadership and not teacher
qualities. It was also interesting to note that the principle the US Army
teaches on leadership are included in an overwhelming number of corporations as
well taught mostly by retired military themselves. The intrinsic characteristics
of a teacher can be categorized into a few main teaching styles or leadership
styles. Directing, Participating, Delegating, and Combined styles are the main
forms of teaching and leading. The qualities associated with these styles are
imperative to any teacher. The purpose as teachers is fundamentally the same as
leaders, to provide purpose, direction and motivation while operating to
accomplish the mission in this case to educate. All four of these actions must
be present in order for a student to benefit. A leader or teacher is not born
but cultivated through his/her upbringing and environment. In my experience as a
leader, teaching in Educational Psychology, being a parent, I have learned that
what you as a leader or teacher bring to your students or audience is imperative
to their development and learning. A teacher's personal characteristics are also
crucial factor in students' development and motivation. The first principle is
purpose, which has to be conveyed to the student. "Why do I need to learn

Math? How will studying History benefit me?" Without the "why's"
we as students are lost. A teacher must give the purpose. "It is important
to you because..." If this question is left unanswered the student will not
consider the value of the topic being discussed. To move from purely acceptance
to questioning and understanding denotes a higher level of learning. This is the
main objective of teaching. Moving the students from regurgitation to higher
realization is the ultimate goal. Teachers need to take the time to explain the
"why's" and in the long run it will benefit both the teacher and
student. Direction is tied to purpose. Direction is the steps we are going to
take to get to that important purpose. Without steps or direction, we lack the
framework in which to learn. By prioritizing small tasks (you must teach numbers
before adding them) your lessons will be more effective. By conveying the
direction or path to your students you are setting up the checklist for them to
follow on to higher learning. Purpose and direction are essential aspects to
convey to your students. Without motivation however these factors will not be
effective. The motivation will give your students the will and desire to do
things. You can tell a student the purpose of a task and the direction in which
to go but without the internal motivation of that student, sparked by your
personality and learned tactics in dealing with students, these will be
meaningless. Motivation is the drive and will to do what needs to be done to
accomplish the mission. To instill motivation a teacher has to know his/her
students and their capabilities. A teacher must know what the students can
relate to, what tasks the student are capable of, and what method of teaching
will relate to the students. If a student can handle not being supervised on a
task, then the teacher doesn't baby-sit them. Some students need a teacher
looking over their shoulder at all times; it's important to know which student
you have. To instill positive motivation when they succeed - praise them; when
they fail - show them how to succeed next time. If this is done properly it will
be a teacher's strongest tool! Motivation is not just the words you say to your
students, it is the actions that you do and the example you set for them. I have
found that no matter what I tell my subordinates, or my son, the best way to
teach them is by setting the example for them to