Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
~ Benjamin Franklin
I am not a teacher, but an awakener.
~ Robert Frost
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
~ William Arthur Ward
If you look at the headline of my LinkedIn bio, you’ll notice I have put the title, “Mentor.” I did this not only to indicate my willingness to mentor, but also to remind me of its importance. I have had the privilege of serving as a mentor to students and other young professionals for many years. Through mentoring I have met many wonderful and talented people and have found lasting friendships that I cherish.
My purpose professionally is to inspire greatness through axiom leadership. Axiom leadership is “teaching and exemplifying values, principles and truths so clearly that it inspires change, choice and action.” You’ll note in my definition I have emphasized both teaching and exemplifying as key components of axiom leadership.
A teacher inspires and a mentor exemplifies. When a person is both a teacher and and mentor, they are demonstrating the key components of axiom leadership that inspires others to change.
I have learned that there are two fundamental reasons that contribute to a leader inspiring change in a person. First, the leader has shown them their possibilities and potential and has helped them decide to achieve them. It is difficult for someone to remain content with mediocrity once they see that excellence is within their reach.
Second, the leader has helped others bring their dreams to fulfillment and their ambitions to realization. They not only have taught how to achieve success, but they have opened their network and resources to help make their dreams reality. They took a more active interest in their success than just imparting advice and then wishing them well.
Do you see the difference? Do you see how mentoring is a deeper commitment in leadership? I encourage you to share of yourself more as a mentor. You will not only inspire and help others, but you will grow and find fulfillment as well.
Choose to be an inspiring teacher. Choose to mentor. Choose greatness.