After clowning her motives for joining, I asked her a simple question, “What is your favorite ice cream?”
After her 5 minute keynote, I asked her another simple question, “What’s your favorite thing about your organization?” And as quickly as Thor lent her his hammer, he took it away and her thunder along with it. Under an embarrassed smirk she answered, “I don’t know!?” Immediately, I asked “What’s your favorite thing about yourself?” As she stood there biting her lip and staring at the floor, she lifted her head and formed her mouth to answer. When nothing came out tears began to flow from her eyes. It’s amazing how much we know about the nuances of life compared to how much we know about ourselves.
Student leadership can help you understand yourself. Now student leadership won’t magically show you your life’s purpose, but it can help you discover your passions. You find out the what, how, and why you are motivated and with that knowledge you can better set your expectations and how/why we interact with others. Student leadership should be more than just a resume builder or notch on your belt. We need to redefine how we look at student leadership and begin to view it as an Avenue of self discovery and learning. The soft skills you acquire in leadership roles can help you maximize the hard skills you learn in your course work.
Think about how much more you will accomplish when you take the time to find out where your passions lie. Because you understand how you are motivated you will take on roles that cater to your strengths, tackle your areas of improvement, and eliminate time-stealing tasks, roles, and people from your life. Understanding the potential impact of student leadership on your professional development changes your perspective on those meetings and projects.
You don’t need a formal role or title to be a leader, though it’s important to take on those responsibilities when you’re ready. What you need is the perspective that every student on your campus is a leader with a purpose and privilege to impact their peers and their communities.
Stop imaging the greatness that can ensue from unleashing your passion and start living in it!!
Redefine Student Leadership and become a More Powerful, More Effective, & More Balanced Leader.