The Business Value of Teaching Skills

Teaching skills are not usually skills that are found in a business school curriculum, but many of the skills that teachers use every day play an important role in marketing, sales, operations, human capital, and leadership. If your business uses learning-based engagement, then you’re already employing many of the skills that teachers use; chances are, you’ll also recognize some of the following skills as desirable in any employee or colleague.

Teaching Skills

Break down large amounts of information into small, digestible pieces

At every level, teachers need to take enormous subject matters and make them accessible to learners of all levels. This ability to break down information means that teachers are likely to approach new information in a systematic way, instead of needing to learn everything at once.

Present information to audiences of diverse backgrounds in a way that is accessible

After breaking down the information, teachers have to present that information in a way that learners can actually understand and apply it. Teachers differentiate instruction, meaning they adapt content and methods depending on their learners’ needs.

Understand how to use assessments to measure mastery and performance

Any class will employ methods for measuring progress and growth — while these exact methods would differ in a business environment, teachers have a fundamental understanding of how, when, and why to use assessments to measure mastery and performance.

Employ a “systematic yet agile” work style

Teachers usually work within a set framework such as a methodology or curriculum, but are also able to adapt their course of action depending on the needs of the learner, stakeholder expectations, or external factors.

Are comfortable working independently and collaboratively

Teachers often work with other teachers or administrators to develop their curricula, lesson plans, and materials, but they usually are in front of the classroom as independent instructors. This ability to transition between independent work and teamwork makes them able to adapt to changes in workflow and structure.

Handle demands from many different sources

Teachers handle demands and obligations from administrators, school districts, teaching organizations, states, and the federal government — not to mention students and their parents. These demands range from administrative and service work, to reporting and performance. They’re able to juggle all those demands while still performing their primary duties —a necessary skill in any organization.

These are just some of the teaching skills that clearly transfer to a business context. Which ones do you use on a regular basis?