Have You Checked Your Student Leadership Checklist?

Your Daily Student Leadership Checklist

student-leadership-checklistOf course, you need your backpack, your pens and pencils, any notebooks and folders for the day, but did you make sure you’re bringing your leadership?

This might be an odd question to ask. What does bring your leadership even mean? As a student leader, you have a responsibility to best support your club, staff, or department every single day. (It can be exhausting, I know). Here are some checklist items you want to make sure you have before you walk out the door each day.

  • An Open Mind

In today’s society, we are always so quick to judge. We make assumptions and have ideas about the way everything needs to happen. It’s important to always be as accepting and inclusive as possible when we’re talking about good leadership.

  • A Good Attitude

Your attitude is reflected in your peers. If you walk into a meeting with a sour mood while you’re dragging your feet, expect the same from your fellow students. People pick up on non-verbals and it makes a bigger difference than you may realize.

  • Determination

Often times, we are told no. We have these big ideas and dreams of programming that might not be approved at first. Keep at it. Keep working hard. You are capable of more than you realize. Keep asking questions! Learn new ways to accomplish goals. It’s all there for you to be able to make the most of.

  • Selflessness

WE’RE HERE FOR THE STUDENTS! Sometimes we need that reminder when we get so caught up in life itself. This idea of transformational leadership is important for us to remember when we’re doing anything on campus.

  • Patience

It’s a process. The semester is a combination of so many weeks and many more days. Allow for learning to happen over time. Demonstrate patience with others when working as a member of a team. You would want to be afforded the same.

  • Gratitude

Do your best to remember what you’re grateful for. We have mentors and leaders who have taught us so much. Serve others and give back to the students who have made a difference in your life. Recognizing that impact allows us to feel connected to the University we call home.

People who ask confidently get more than those who are hesitant and uncertain. When you’ve figured out what you want to ask for, do it with certainty, boldness, and confidence. Don’t be shy or feel intimidated by the experience. You may face some unexpected criticism, but be prepared for it with confidence.

– Jack Canfield

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