Before we look at the initial answer, if you’ve never been put into a position of leadership the answer will most likely be no! Just like delivering training, the first time—no one is ready, no one is prepared. You may have been ‘tapped’ but the chances are you probably just stepped in to get something done or thought you could do it better.
At the very least that’s a start. But don’t worry, no one is truly qualified to lead. That’s okay, neither are most business owners. What’s worse is that nowadays there seems to be this misconception that leadership is management and vice versa.
It seems like an overly general question to ask if instructing or teaching is hard but let’s ask it anyways.
“Is instructing hard?”
Asking a question like this—about a skill that you may or may not have started to develop or use is like asking—is it hard to land a plane?
A seasoned pilot will say ‘No.’ A person who has never thought of flying would say ‘Yes.’ When it comes to instructing on any skill the worst thing for most instructors will be simply; getting up in front of others and starting.
What does it mean when you say yes or no to something?
I want you to think of something that you were asked to do recently that just seemed out of reach—impossible to get done.
Chances are that when it was given to you it came across like this, ‘What do you think you . . .’ or ‘Do you think you could . . .’ where whoever asked the question truly would have expected a Yes or No answer.
It’s not even lunch yet, and you seem to have spent a whole morning, being the office fire warden—putting out fire after fire and dealing with the endless list of things that just some days keep on growing. Some days, things just never seem to go right. Continue reading →