Student leadership is arguably the most beneficial extracurricular activity a person can perform while in college. Though there are no grades and zero credits to earn, the experience gained from a leadership role will be valuable for a lifetime. A college leader is thrown into a learning environment that encourages hands-on experience. Planning, decision making, communicating, and working as a teammate are all skills that you will build as a student leader. Trust me, you don’t build these portable leadership skills when studying for an exam or sitting in a lecture.
As a student leader, you are in the unique position to make a difference on your campus. This is the moment to think big and to exert your voice from a position of influence. Think about it, right now you can put into action changes that will impact the entire campus community and improve the student organization in which you are part. It is now up to you to grasp some of the various opportunities that are within your reach.
What it Takes to Lead
To fulfill an organization’s mission it takes teamwork, hard work, and time from each member. That is why it is important to utilize your time, your team, and your talent efficiently. Ask, what can I do to achieve higher level results? What must I contribute? How can I be more productive?
If your answer to these questions were to seek guidance, training, and mentorship, you are on the right track. Since time is valuable to each member of a group, it is vital to work on increasing personal performance thereby reducing the amount of effort and time spent unproductively by the group.
Obviously motivation, willingness to contribute, and follow through are key to any student leaders’ success. However, there is much more to leading a successful student organization. Success is about harnessing group talents, working smarter, and communicating often. In these pages you will find many valuable insights that will assist you during your time as a student leader.