The Unknown Teacher and the Bathroom Slippers

Opening Charge

‘John X. Maxwell submits, ‘a good example is worth a thousand sermons. What you do have more impact on your child than all the lectures you could give.

It was career day in a primary school and children were asked to come to school modeling the profession they intend to pursue in the future. A child, who wanted to become a teacher, had a running battle with her parents, when she packed a pair of bathroom slippers. The parents insisted that a pair of bathroom slippers is not in the dress code of a teacher. The child insisted it was. When the parents further probed, the child said, ‘our teacher in some cases wear a pair of bathroom slippers to the class room to teach.’

This story speaks for itself and prepares the ground for a question I seek to ask: How do you lead? The subject of leadership is very wide. It may amount to embarking on a futile journey if one attempts to discuss it in 500 words. I will not try to do that. One thing will do is to try to wrap up all leadership principle in one word: EXAMPLE. Example is the most effective way to lead or mislead people. It has been said that children do not do what you say, they do what you do. John X. Maxwell submits, ‘a good example is worth a thousand sermons. What you do have more impact on your child than all the lectures you could give.’ Long before John X Maxwell, Abraham Lincoln had aptly concluded, ‘there is but one way to train a child the way he should go, and that is to travel it yourself.’

My charge to you today is that you have no message outside your lifestyle as a teacher, parents or guardian. The question is, what kind of example are you to the children, who are observing you? Whatever you are not showing by example, you have no right to demand from the pupils. We train a lot of teachers and one thing I have found is that a lot of teachers do not keep to time. The question, I always ask a teacher is, how do you expect your children to keep to time or respect time when you do not?

I can go on and on, but the message, I think is clear. I hereby rest my case here till tomorrow when we shall meet again. Stay INSPIRED.

I’m Taiwo Akinlami & I Lead the TeacherFIRE™ Revolution

POINT 2 PONDER:

‘The question is, what kind of example are you to the children, who are observing you? Whatever you are not showing by example, you have no right to demand from the pupils.’

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