Student Chapter Leadership Tips

Student Chapter Leadership Tips

  1. Communicate. Good leaders listen to others, promote discussion, and explain what needs to be done and why. This includes the sharing of information, past experiences, and best practices with your peers and encouraging them to do the same.
  2. Have an open mind. To be an effective leader, you must be able to appreciate and accept human diversity, different cultures and backgrounds, as well as organizational change. A leader is willing to listen to others and will cooperate in spite of differences. This is key to building support among peers and developing more effective relationships.
  3. Encourage collaboration and teamwork. Real leaders are team facilitators.  Whether it's one task or many, you need the collective group to work together in order to accomplish your goals and aspirations.
  4. Establish a vision. Leaders enable peers to prioritize goals and aspirations through group discussion and feedback. In turn, peers will support what they have created and are more likely to accept responsibility for their accomplishments.
  5. Lead by example. Great leaders motivate their peers by practicing what they preach. Leaders cannot expect their peers to do more, or less, than they do. By following this simple principle, leaders generate enthusiasm, trust, and success within their group.
  6. Be prepared. Ensure group activities and projects are staffed and everyone responsible knows their roles and responsibilities. Know what your role will be and be ready to step when you are needed. Nothing compensates for a lack of prior planning and organization.
  7. Give credit. Acknowledge others in the group who show leadership and achievement. This rewards those who contribute and encourages their continued work and support of chapter activities. Always say "thank you."
  8. Remain positive.  Lead others to the solution rather than be mired in a problem. Do not be guided by the negativity of a few – recast those thoughts from half empty to half full.
  9. Be decisive. Gather data, facts and information and make timely decisions. If additional facts later warrant a change in direction, then do so. Good leaders must ultimately set direction and establish working parameters.
  10. Have fun. Celebrate each success, small or large. Don't take criticism personally. Enjoy the journey. Learn from mistakes; don't be crippled or allow others to be crippled by them.