A Purposeful Teacher (Expertise)

No longer am I satisfied by (and was never fulfilled by) divisional thinking with everything. What a distraction from the Story!

It was both challenging and freeing to realize I was not my opinions. Simply put, opinions come only from what is external to you: they are not representative of who you really are. If you are not judicious, these externally generated assumptions may saturate to a degree that feels internally authentic. They never are.

A common characteristic of any teacher I most remember is how he connected with us in the learning moment. The teachers that have long since been deleted from memory are those who, sometimes angrily, spewed forth opinion (a.k.a. judgment).

The teacher of purpose seems to embrace the authenticity of the student and how each individual connects for optimal learning in the moment. This is hard work. To the purposeful teacher, she is simply doing what she does best. I have yet to meet a leader who, when clear on purpose, does not also become a teacher within the realm of passionate expertise. These leaders teach from principle and lovingly expect application of what is learned.

For these leader/teachers, the message of impact is when the students become natural teachers within their own passionate expertise. Effective leadership is confidently doing the work of your spirit, eliminating distracting, divisional thinking, and modeling purposeful focus in the story.

Your Magic

It began in unaware impact;
the way you connected me to reality
and waved a wand of alignment.

In the light of personal vision,
each is a special expert.
Rebranded for balance and purpose,
you gave individual validation and holistic profit.

Now aware and authentically conscious;
in the macro, you lead me;
in the micro, you hear me.

I now know my own impact;
I gift others with powerful reality
and share magical joy in alignment.

−J. Brunson

Spiritual Service
21st Century Skill: Collective Facilitation
Book 1, Chapter Six: Focus

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5 thoughts on “A Purposeful Teacher (Expertise)

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  2. I agree that it is freeing to let go of the opinions of yourself. We get so wrapped up in our story which represents our past can simply miss the present. Also it is easy to get caught up in living the opinions of others 😉

    • Well said Joy! You know, the “wrapped up in our story” – when it happens – never seems to be on the positive side of things. It is so difficult to go deep beyond just our surface feelings. I admire the things you are doing in your life and living!

  3. Jeff, I think I have taken away that an EFFECTIVE leader is effective because they have taught others about their passion and vision. I am not comfortable with the statment that all leaders become teachers. I have worked with too many “leaders” that thought they were “teachers” when they were really only drivers or directors of action but without obtaining effective “buy-in” of the follower. I am constantly amazed that these folks are suprised when no one shares their vision or passion.

    • Thanks Doug. But keep in mind in my writing that I do not refer to leader as a title. It is character. You either are one or not. The “leaders” you refer to in the last part of your post are those who have the title of manager and still operate in the okd confidence as they try to manage both process and people. As you know, people do not want to be managed, but led. And in the spirit of your point, these managers may have direct reports, but they have no real followers.

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