Focus: How can I be a leader in my unit or department?
One way to be a leader in your unit or department is to understand how you learn best
and how the members of your team learn. Since much of our work involves acquiring
new knowledge and skills, knowing how people learn best will help you, as leader,
to adapt your teaching to "fit" the employees preferred learning style. Ultimately,
your unit or department will increase productivity and boost employee engagement.
Take 4 minutes to complete this free Learning Style Inventory to appreciate your own style and then invite others in your unit or department to
do the same. When you and members of your team have completed the assessment, discuss
the characteristics of each style.
- How do I learn best?
- How can I communicate in a way that "fits" the learning styles of my team members?
Learning Style Descriptions:
A PRINT ORIENTED LEARNER
- Often takes notes
- May like to write on the blackboard
- Remembers quickly and easily what is read
- Learns better after seeing or writing something
- Is often perceived as a “bookworm”
- Grasps important concepts on first reading of material
- Loves to read books, journals, magazines
AN AURAL LEARNER
- Tends to remember and repeat ideas that are verbally presented
- Learns well through lectures
- Is an excellent listener
- Can reproduce symbols, letters or words by hearing them
- Likes to talk
- Enjoys plays dialogues, dramas
- Can learn concepts by listening to tapes
- Enjoys music
- Can repeat or fulfill verbal instructions
A VISUAL LEARNER
- Learns by seeing and by watching demonstrations
- Likes visual stimuli such as pictures, slides, graphs, demonstrations, etc.
- Conjures up the image of a form by seeing it in the “mind’s eye”
- Often has a vivid imagination
- Often stares
- Needs something to watch
- Is often quiet and does not talk at length
- Becomes impatient or drifts away when extensive listening is required
- Prefers the visual arts and media