Why Teachers must Lead in the Classroom

A classroom set up plays a vital role in shaping the future of young people and the society. When you think of a class, you are bound to reflect on the disciplines that characterize that class. These disciplines revolve around the ability to manage time, a teachable attitude, application of knowledge and wisdom, and above all the capacity to craft a vision and commit towards it.

Central to a class set up, is a competitive teacher, without whom, the class would be like sailing without a compass. Teachers are expected to provide leadership in this sea of knowledge, by identifying the specific needs of his/her students and tailoring academic programs to address those needs.

A teacher’s lead is critical in a classroom, not only in passing knowledge, but also in the organization and the discipline with which that knowledge is passed. The methodology used in teaching can either produce impressive results, or fail the students, for they tend to adapt the methods used by their teachers, outside the classroom. It therefore follows that teachers who take initiative and responsibility seriously will produce students who will take initiative and responsibility as well, while a teacher who behaves carelessly and irresponsibly will likely produce careless and irresponsible students.

Teachers also enjoy the trust of both the students and the parents, and especially when they practice these three critical relationship qualities; that is, Fairness, Friendliness and Firmness. Whether in a four walled classroom or out on an academic trip, these three qualities have the power to shape a student’s intellectual abilities, while preparing that student for the challenges of the future. These qualities are then passed on to others who interact with the student, hence a chain effect, ultimately leading to a productive society.

Teachers are also expected to provide leadership in a classroom, in areas of interpersonal as well as intrapersonal relationships. Relationship leadership has the power to uplift a student who may be suffering from a low self-esteem, or is struggling with difficulty in learning. Patience and balance are nurtured through this type of leadership, enhancing the chances of that student to manage life outside the classroom. Boldness is therefore, central to relationship leadership, empowering students to face areas of uncertainties, as well as live above peer influence.

It therefore follows that teachers must constantly provide leadership, not just in a classroom, but also in their private lives. They are to display personal etiquette as students regard them as role models, second to their parents, and in some cases, their only role models. Competitive teachers produce competitive students, whom, after their graduation, add to the quality of the labor market, which is a direct factor in the health of the economy.