Develop Your Teachable Point of View

In the leadership world, there are a number of cool phrases that represent styles, behaviors or philosophies that help us lead others. One of the most enduring leadership phrases is “teachable point of view”, which is most often attributed to leadership expert Noel Tichy.  A teachable point of view is your opinion on what it takes to lead other people. It’s essentially your approach to leadership… one that you’ve honed and share with others.  Here are three basic areas and questions to answer when creating your teachable point of view on leadership…

  • Knowledge/Experiencewhat do you want to say about leadership?  
  • Style/Approachhow do you want to share it?
  • Audience who do you want to inspire with your message?


The first thing you need to do is craft your message. What is your teachable point of view?  What do you want to convey about leadership?  Where have you learned these lessons?  Spend ample time preparing the content of your message, and most importantly, make it your own point of view, not borrowed from a book or someone else’s presentation

Next, determine the best way to deliver your leadership point of view. Is it with words, pictures, or stories?  Is it a large group speech or a recurring small team setting?   Are you recommending a specific way of leading, or just talking about leadership values?  Figure out how best to send your message.  Finally, who needs to hear this message?  Is it leaders at all levels?  Peers or bosses?  Just your direct reports and team?  Give thought to who might be interested and who will benefit from your leadership point of view.

Creating your own leadership point of view is a wonderful exercise. For starters, it will sharpen your own story telling skills, because to “teach” something, you really have to know the content.  But it’s much more than that – this really isn’t about you; it’s about your audience.  Just think of how many people you can impact with your views on leadership.  Develop your own point of view about what it takes to lead, and start sharing it in your organization.