A week ago, my family moved from our home in Chicago, where the view from our windows looked like this,

to southeast Michigan, where the view from our back deck looks like this.

After one week in our new home, I am happy to report that we’ve unpacked most of the boxes. And, thanks to the help of extended family nearby, we have also checked a number of projects off our to-do list.

One of those projects: replacing a few electrical outlets. I had assumed we would need to hire a professional for that one; wiring is not in my skill set, nor in my husband’s.

But my husband’s uncle, who has helped out around our home for two days this week, has built his own house, so he volunteered to work on the outlets AND he taught my husband a few things about electric circuits.

This is a long introduction to a post with a simple message: Leaders who develop others’ capacity share what they know.

The trick to sharing what you know is being very clear about what your skill set is so that you know what you have to offer to others. Once you know what you know, you can start to give that knowledge away to others, helping them to learn and develop.

Take a moment to think about it. What are the five things you know the most about? The things we know best are the easiest ones to pass on to others. Teaching them to others feels natural and requires little advance preparation.

You can share what you know in a formal way, as a teacher, mentor, or coach; or you can share what you know informally, the way my husband’s uncle did — along the way, as you go, as a matter of course. In both cases, sharing what you know is most successful when it happens in the context of trusting relationships.

Join the conversation:

What are some of the things you know best?

How do you share them with others?

This was originally posted at Mountain State University LeaderTalk and is re-posted with permission.