One key quality that all great leaders share is initiative. You might be saying, “What’s initiative?” In short, initiative involves making things happen instead of waiting for things to happen. When some say, “Why me”, others say, “Why not?” Which camp do you belong to, the former or the latter? If you are a member of the latter, this article is for you.
It suggests several strategies for gaining leadership experience. Yes, you can take the initiative to gain valuable leadership experience that will impact the rest of your life, beginning where you are. However, achieving this goal will require dedication, effort, and follow through. You can make it happen; so make your move. Today will be the start of a new tomorrow.
One way is to volunteer. If the school, church, or community agency needs a teen to lead a project or spearhead a committee, sign on for the challenge. Look for opportunities. At the same, be creative. Think of projects that align with your interests.
Another is to become a tutor. Let’s face it- a tutor is a leader. Do you excel in an academic subject? For example, if you’re a computer whiz, tutor individuals in this area. Even though we will live in an age of technology, many people are still uncomfortable with computers. Take some time to inventory your skills and talents. Equally important, do not neglect your hobbies. They breed seeds of proficiency also.
- Run for Office
Try to get elected to a leadership role in school or church. Even if you do not win, you gain experience in public speaking, leading a team of supporters, and preparing written materials.
- Mentor a younger sibling
If you have you have influence over your brothers and sisters, you’re a leader and a role model. Take it upon yourself to mentor them. Encourage them to do well in school; encourage them to accomplish their dreams and goals. Help them to stay on track and to avoid the wrong type of friends. Speaking of their friends, why not mentor them too?
- Become vocal about a cause.
What angers you? What do you feel passionate about? Once you uncover the answer, become vocal about the cause. You might organize others to support the issue. Equally important, connect with community groups that support the issue. Remember, leaders speak up when others are silent.
- Start a club.
Launching a club can occur inside as well as outside of school. In case you want to start a club in school, you must gain the approval of the principal. It would also be wise to get the support of a teacher. Before you approach either, write a one page overview to convey the idea. It also demonstrates that you have applied critical thinking skills.
- Play a sport.
Athletes are leaders, whether they have a leadership role on the team or not. By playing a sport, you gain skills that will be off used on and the. Likewise, leaders are disciplined, team players, and competitive. For this purpose, join a team or play a sport
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