(Image: Screen capture from Alec Steele video on YouTube – picture is linked to the original. In the image, Alec Steele is showing Mike Boyd a better angle for striking the hot steel while forging a leaf.
Alec is a talented YouTuber who has terrifically designed merchandise available in his store – Alec Steele Shop)
This is the 8th in a long series of posts that will teach and explain The 6 Perspectives of Leadership™.
Find the other parts to this series HERE.
This series will lead up to a book-launch planned for the fall/winter of 2018 for my upcoming book “The 6 Perspectives of Accountable Leadership.”
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Leading from BENEATH by ENABLING – A Training Process
Training Others is a Critical Skill
The 3rd Perspective of Leadership is “Leading from Beneath by Enabling.” Part 7 discussed what it takes to enable others for success from the 30,000-foot level. It explained that to enable others, a leader needs to:
- Provide the tools to do the job.
- Provide the training and knowledge to do the job.
- Meet the needs of individual performers so that all can be set up for success.
This part will go deeply into one particularly critical skill – the ability to TRAIN others effectively.
Training is a Process
Do a google search for “training model” or “training method” and you’ll find countless processes for training others. Many are very good. I particularly like the model that the Boy Scouts of America uses called the EDGE Method. The training process I’ll be sharing with you in this article is modeled after The 6 Perspectives of Leadership™.
Let’s look at the 6 Perspectives and it’s relative training process. In the table below, you’ll see the parallel.
|The 6 Perspectives of Leadership™||The 6 Perspectives Training Model|
|The 1st Perspective:
Lead from the Front with Vision
|The 1st Step:
Explain the Vision of what is to be learned.
(What is it and why is it important)
|The 2nd Perspective:
Lead from Above with Strategy
|The 2nd Step:
Explain the Strategy for execution.
(How is it to be done.)
|The 3rd Perspective:
Lead from Beneath by Enabling
|The 3rd Step:
Enable the trainee by providing the tools, knowledge and access necessary.
(Give them what they need and show them how to do it.)
|The 4th Perspective:
Lead from Within by Supporting
|The 4th Step:
Support your trainee as you watch them try the new skill. Offer feedback and correction until the skilled is learned.
|The 5th Perspective:
Lead from Behind by Protecting
|The 5th Step:
Protect the trainee by checking in on developing progress. Offer correction and redirection when necessary for further mastery.
|The 6th Perspective:
Lead from the Side by Empowering
|The 6th Step:
Empower the trainee to take ownership and leadership in this skill. Encourage them to lead and train others in they skill when they have achieved mastery or advanced ability.
Admittedly, this is an exhaustively detailed training model. But that’s on purpose. It’s not just about teaching a skill; it’s about teaching a skill in such a way that you create excellence, buy-in, intrinsic motivation, and other leaders who can share the trained knowledge and skill. It’s robust so that you, as a leader, can create greater ROI than the average training model.
The 6 Perspectives Training Model in Action
Alec Steele (here’s his twitter profile) is an English blacksmith who showcases his work and methods on YouTube. (Here’s his channel.) Alec has a series of three videos in which he trains Mike Boyd (Twitter YouTube), another YouTuber, to forge and hammer a blade.
- In the first video, Alec teaches Mike the basics and walks him through the process of forging a knife.
- In the second, they set up and get ready to forge a second knife.
- In the third, Mike forges a second knife, utilizing the skills he’s learned.
- At the end of the third, Alec sends Mike on his way with a newly learned and proven skill.
Here are the moments where Alec guides Mike through the process:
- Step 1 – Vision – First Video – At the 0:40 point, Alec explains that in learning how to forge a knife, he will have to learn the skills that make up the whole process of forging. “This is to get an understanding of how to swing the hammer, start getting more comfortable in the fire and in the forge, and dealing with the hot metal.” Alec states more before and after this, but this statement demonstrates Alec providing vision.
- Step 2 – Strategy – First Video – Also at the 0:40 point, Alec explains that Mike will forge a leaf out of the end of a bar of steel. This will give him the opportunity to swing the hammer and work with the forge and hot metal.
- Step 3 – Enabling – Throughout the first 2 videos, Alec provides the following to Mike:
- Glove for safety
- Safety goggles
- Knowledge of how to
- Use the hammer
- Use the forge
- Manipulate the steel
- Manage the temperature of the steel
- Processes related to all the above
- Step 4 – Support – This is where the trainer, in this case Alec, let’s the trainee, in this case Mike, execute the new skill on their own. In the second and third videos, Mike goes on his own to make a second blade, a Scottish blade called a Sgian Dubh (skee-an doo). Mike does most of this on his own with just the occasional moment where he seeks feedback from Alec, or when there happens to be a need for Alec to take on a more advanced or newer technique. Again – this is real-time support of getting the job done.
- Step 5 – Protect – In this step of training, the trainer keeps tabs on the trainee and redirects the trainee for better results and further development. A great example of this is when Alec teaches Mike about a more nuanced skill where by filing a radius where the tang meets the blade results in a stronger tang-to-blade transition. It was redirection, which protected Mike from making a weak tang-to-blade transition.
- Step 6 – Empower – At the end of the three videos, Alec declares to Mike that he has learned what he needs to go forward and continue forging blades on his own. He may not have reached a level of mastery yet, which the 6 Perspectives model advocates, but Alec’s statement is that Mike is ready to go on his own. He has been empowered after all the other steps of training have occurred.
If you lead an organization…
As an organizational leader, your responsibility is to ensure that you have a culture that values and utilizes a strong training process at all levels. The 6 Perspectives Training Process builds capable, empowered people who can spread the knowledge.
If you lead a team…
It’s your responsibility to execute the training process. The biggest mistake you could make is in skipping a step. Every step has a unique purpose, and by following all six steps, you create a workforce that excels with mastery in their work. When you skip a step, it might still go well, but you’ve left the door open for something to go wrong.
If you lead yourself…
Believe it or not, you can train yourself. This is a matter of following the six steps of the 6 Perspectives Training Process and seeking out the resources to fulfill each step. Alec Steele is currently in the process of teaching himself to engrave steel and inlay gold.
- Step 1 – He has a vision of what he wants to be able to do,
- Step 2 – He’s developed strategy, (other experts’ advice, practice, time, resources…)
- Step 3 – He has enabled himself to learn this skill (he even bought a microscope to enable his ability to refine his engraving),
- Step 4 – He is doing the work and supporting himself by allowing additional practice and the opportunity to reach out to other experts,
- Step 5 – He has course corrected,
- Step 6 – And when he finishes, he will be empowered to continue.
Wrapping it up
Let me reiterate – this is a robust process at 6 steps. Each step could conceivably have several sub-steps. I encourage you to utilize a list of the steps to remember them all.
But why go through all this effort?
Because… Training is about setting your people up for success from the beginning so that they can produce their very best. This may be the most important thing a leader does on a day to day basis.
Here are Alec’s 3 videos with Mike…
First Video – Alec starts the training process with Mike.
Second Video – Alec continues the training process with Mike.
Third Video – Alec concludes the training process with Mike.
This was Part 8 in a multi-part series that will teach and explain The 6 Perspectives of Accountable Leadership™.
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