The best leaders are great teachers

The best leaders are great teachers

Sydney Finkelstein

Sydney Finkelstein, author of this Harvard Business Review article, has spent more than 10 years studying world-class leaders, and he found that the ones who made the most lasting, positive impact on their employees were great teachers, through and through. They didn’t wait for formal reviews or structured career path meetings to impart their knowledge or share advice. Instead, “They routinely spent time in the trenches with employees, passing on technical skills, general tactics, business principles, and life lessons. Their teaching was informal and organic, flowing out of the tasks at hand. And it had an unmistakable impact: Their teams and organizations were some of the highest-performing in their sectors,” writes Finkelstein. In this article, he outlines lessons for all leaders based on his observations of these great teachers – including what to teach, when to teach, and how to make lessons stick. 

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