Be a Teacher

Creating Disney Magic Episode 502 be a teacher

“We need less bosses and more teachers because that’s where you make the big impact, and that’s where people get better, And that’s where people get more comfortable with you.”

Adopting a teaching mindset can make you a greater leader in your professional and personal life. Once I took on a teacher’s mindset I transformed my leadership style and career for the good. It’s a lesson that took me a long time to figure out, but pretty fulfilling as I hear about the long-lasting impact I’ve had on others’ careers and lives. During our conversation, Jody and I talk more about why leaders need to be a teacher, the value of writing down your knowledge, and how you can remain relevant and influential even after a long career.

Three key takeaways from our conversation:

  • Teaching Transforms Leadership: transitioning from being a boss to becoming a teacher can have a profound impact on your career and legacy. It’s not just about leading; it’s about helping others grow and succeed.
  • Importance of Patience and Repetition: Effective teaching requires patience and the willingness to repeat essential lessons until they are understood. It’s these consistent efforts that create lasting value in your team/students’ lives.
  • Document and Share Your Knowledge: Whether you’re transitioning careers or just want to make a bigger impact, writing down your insights and experiences is powerful. It helps crystallize your thoughts and serves as a valuable resource for others. My son Dan Cockerell did this after retiring from Disney. He used those notes to write his book, “How’s the Culture in Your Kingdom?”

Make sure to listen to this episode for more lessons from my career, and how teaching will have a major impact on your personal and professional growth. Let this episode be the inspiration you need to become a teacher in your own right. Let’s continue to learn, grow, and create magic for others.

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About Lee Cockerell

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Dan Cockerell’s Book How’s the Culture in Your Kingdom?

Key Moments

00:00 Late career realization: embrace teaching and patience.

05:11 Learned time management at Marriott, taught others.

09:06 Great career with company, share your knowledge.

10:31 Police official seeks career advice, is advised to write down strengths.

13:44 Lee, consider more virtual live events instead.