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The 4 Identities of a Teacher: Reporter, Expert, Mentor, Role Model - Forte Labs

The 4 Identities of a Teacher: Reporter, Expert, Mentor, Role Model - Forte Labs


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Teaching has transcended a single profession

One invisible but important trend in the world today is that everyone is becoming a teacher. Managers teach their reports. Marketers educate their customers about their solutions. Analysts teach their clients how to interpret data.

It is well understood that everyone shoul...

No matter where you are in life, people around you could benefit from your knowledge - employees, colleagues, followers and customers, or even your children.

Every teacher moves through four stages or identities over time:

  1. Reporter
  2. Expert
  3. Mentor

When you first start looking into a subject, you probably know very little about it. At this point, you feel you don't have much to offer. Yet you do.

Your beginner's mind is free from assumptions and unquestioned traditions. Here, your credibility comes from your lack of e...

Acquiring enough knowledge and experience will lead your time as a reporter to end. You will start to develop your own taste and form your own opinions about your subject.

At this point, your credibility change from impartiality to partiality. You s...

Expertise takes up a lot of time and energy to maintain. You have to work hard to stay at the leading edge of your field, updating your knowledge and staying on track with the latest developments. It is sustainable for a while, but if you want to ease up at some point, it's time to become a leade...

You often don't choose to become a mentor, but other people decide for you. They make you their mentor.

  • You teach through who you are and what you do more than what you say.
  • You model behaviours others can copy.
  • You can offer more people your skills and knowledge.

Mentorship is limited to people you know and can influence directly. However, if you want to expand your reach and impact without working harder, you can take on a teacher's identity as a role model.

Modelling is a medium of instruction that is more scalable

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