Education and Leadership

Teachers are Leaders.  Leader-Teachers know how to motivate others to do something by considering what the others want.  Harry A. Overstreet reminds us about this concept in his book, Influencing Human Behavior, by stating, “Action springs out of what we fundamentally desire…and the best piece of advice which can be given to would-be persuaders, whether in business, in the home, in the school, in politics, is: first, arouse in the other person an eager want.  He who can do this has the world with him.  He who cannot walks a lonely way.”

Similarly, in the book How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie explains this concept through an analogy of fishing.  He explains that we don’t catch fish by enticing them with what we want.  That will not work.  We dangle what the fish wants in front of it so the fish will bite.

Students that don’t “want” education will not bite and produce a “lonely way” for teachers.

Dr. Nathan Herzog

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