An instructional leader has the exciting and challenging task to change people’s lives for the better. What are the responsibilities and why are they relevant? Your role comes with the responsibility of helping to shape lives and direct paths. Here are a few responsibilities that should be considered:
1) Have a desire to make a difference
It is imperative for you to want to help employees. The desire to help them is evident in your attitude, and can help your student to feel encouraged, supported, and therefore motivated. Having the knowledge that someone believes in you can impact your whole life.
Rather than waiting for ideas to come to you, actively look for ways to help your employees. Seek out opportunities and learning experiences that could potentially be beneficial to their overall progress and productivity. Talk to your student in order to build a strong relationship with them. Do not be passive and uncaring, but instead convey a genuine interest in your student and their progression.
2) Be diligent and dedicated
Being diligent and consistent with your student sets a standard not only for you, but for them as well. Your example can be more impacting than your words. The amount of effort you extend can reflect in your student’s progress. Your dedication can make your student feel appreciated and valued, motivating them to do their best.
When teaching and talking to your student, be sure to showcase a certain level of genuine enthusiasm. This can make them feel like their work is not done in vain. Look for opportunities that will help them progress in a healthy way. As a leader, it is important for you to understand what kinds of experiences could benefit employees. There is also a benefit for you. Paying attention to the needs of your students can help you be more diligent in your work. Observe their habits and tendencies so you can evaluate their strengths, and the areas that need improvement. This can gives you the opportunity to provide constructive guidance.
3) Be able to give guidance
When providing counseling and guidance for employees, it is important to consider not only what they want to hear, but also what they need to hear in order to progress in their field. As a leader, your students trust you to give them the best advice possible and guide them in the right direction. For this reason, it is important to be cautious that when you are giving feedback that you keep their best interests in mind.
Prior to giving guidance, it is important to listen to your student’s questions and concerns. This helps eliminate guesswork and make your job a lot easier. Feedback should be given after you have made a plan that allows you to evaluate your ideas and advice before hand. This can help avoid giving detrimental advice. After revealing your advice to your student, it is important to explain why you believe that the information you have imparted is relevant. This helps them understand why they should do what you suggest. If guidance is given properly, employees will feel motivated and encouraged by the end of the discussion.