On May 13th I visited Avon Maitland Public School and I met many student leaders from all over Ontario. I gave them some tips on how to be an effective student leader. Yet, what does it mean to be one and why is it important? Leadership is such an skill and will help you everyday of your life.
From school to the work place it will not only make life easier but fun also. When you become a leader you aren’t just teaching others but you’re learning at the same time. Yet, what makes a good leader?
It is someone who has a vision for the future, who motivates and inspire to achieve their goal, someone who assembles a team to bring the vision to life and works together.
That’s the foundation of a great leader. Here are some tips to help you along the way.
Tip 1) Be confident: The first is to be confident, this may be the most difficult part because you may be worried you may seem cocky. Just remember if you have confidence then nothing can stop you from being fearless and living your dream.
Tip 2) Communicate: When you’re in a group, remember that they can’t read your mind so you need give directions. Don’t be afraid to bossy, just have fun!
Tip 3) Aspire to inspire: Inspire people to action. Give them freedom to question you, and make yourself open to any opinions or corcerns people might have. Go above and beyond what is required of you. Learn about your followers lives and get to know them personally.
Tip 4) Lead by example: If you an set an example, other people will follow and before you know it your dream will have come to life. If you show people that it’s okay to come out of your shell and help make a difference, they will too.
Now we know the skills of being a leader, always remember not to be afraid, or it will stop you in your tracks before you even get started.When you are a leader you are superhero who is teaching others to be their own superheroes. When we teach eachother lessons and work together we can help make a difference. Then, before you know we’ve change the world.
"We never know the worth of water till the well is dry." ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732