[November 12, 2018] Why did you get into university?
Your main goal was to learn and make progress towards a particular career. But if you limit your experience to attending classes and studying, your time at university would be useless. Yes; theoretical knowledge is important. But it’s the skills that make you suitable for a career.
Believe it or not, the educational setting gives you tons of opportunities to work on your leadership skills. We’ll give you 5 important tips on how to benefit from those opportunities.
- Be a Team Leader on Group Projects
Before you earn that degree, you’ll have to complete several papers and assignments. See them not as a boring responsibility, but as an opportunity to improve your writing skills. Leaders have to write well!
When it comes to team projects, they are even more beneficial for your leadership skills. Richard Bennings, part of the team at UK Careers Booster, explains: “Students avoid the team leader role because in addition to doing their part of the work, they also have to coordinate the project. Don’t avoid it! By leading teams at university, you learn how to lead teams in real life.”
- Take a Leadership Course
No matter what your major is, you can probably take a leadership course as an elective. If you don’t have such an opportunity, you can always count on online courses!
Although these courses are based on theory, they are still very useful for developing practical skills. They teach you how to direct your focus in order to become a top-class leader in future.
- Run for a Club President
Clubs are the fun part of education. You meet like-minded people and you make effective use out of your free time. They can help with developing leadership skills, too!
If the club is choosing a new president, you should definitely run for that function. You’ll have to convince the member you’re good enough to be their leader. If they choose you, you’ll have a great opportunity to practice and develop your leadership skills.
Leadership doesn’t come without the social responsibility aspect. Great leaders are expected to do well not only for their organizations, but for the community as well. That’s why they organize fundraisers and all kinds of events to help the people, animals, and environment in need.
You shouldn’t wait to become a great leader to start exercising social responsibility. Do that now! Find a great local non-for-profit organization whose values you identify with. Become a volunteer and engage yourself as much as possible in that cause.
- Become Part of Campus Politics
Campus politics can be a test of your leadership skills. The idea of becoming a leader of students at a university may sound overwhelming. But it’s a challenge that’s definitely worth accepting.
Your university gives students a chance to run for a political office in their faculty. So why neglect it?
Do you have what it takes to become a great leader? Your time at university is a test. Use every opportunity you get to become a great leader before you graduate.