Students get plenty of opportunities to learn many things in college but one thing they surely must acquire is leadership. The ability to lead oneself and others is a prerequisite to success in the world. You never know when you may be needed to exercise it. A leader is someone who inspires, commands and show the way. When you are enjoying your time in campus, try and grab the opportunity to develop your “leading” skills. It will take you far in life.
Leading does not mean forcing someone to follow you path. Leaders can be gentle and quiet. The most important thing is to determine what kind of an influence, leaders leave in you. This is a skill. For some, they are born with it. For most of us, we can develop it in us, with patience and practice. The key word is practice and lead. Lead and practice.
The next obvious question is as to where can you practice your skills. Most colleges have different clubs, associations, sororities and fraternities. You can join these groups which are based on different themes or share certain similarities and apply for different responsible positions which you can find. You can offer your help in leading and conducting class programs and activities. You will find it challenging as often peer groups may resent the leadership of others’ their age but you have to keep to it in a gentle and non-aggressive way. Confidence will win people’s respect. The more you practice this, the better it comes.
Other ways of getting practice in developing leadership is to stand for student elections in the unions. You have to work hard to win your voters’ support- canvass, convince and once you get elected, show that you mean business. You need to possess a combination of qualities to get through this.
Working in part-time jobs can also give you that much needed valuable experience. So do not hesitate, just check out the various opportunities and get on board the leadership track.
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