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Jake Croman | 6 Ways To Practice Your Leadership Skills While Still In College
6 Ways To Practice
Skills While Still
Leadership is defined differently in various sectors.
But in general, great leadership compromises many
combined traits and skillsets to make an long-lasting
impact that helps secure a vision or mission. It’s never
to early to start practicing. Budding entrepreneurs
can build professional skills while still in college with
a number of activities.
Here are six ways you can build your leadership skills
while still in college:
Organize and lead a community project to help you focus on
your leadership goals while supporting causes for which
you’re passionate. Find a community project and organization
where you can help organize and support their efforts. This
way you can gain the experience to plan, organize, and
actualize a major event without taking all of your time during
2. Run for Student
A student government position could help leverage your leadership abilities.
Although many students set their sights on becoming the student body president,
students can build their leadership capabilities in different student government
roles. Consider running for a smaller position in our residence hall, a on-campus
cultural organization, or become a representative of your fraternity or sorority!
Strong leadership can be developed through teamwork.
While in college, take advantage of the opportunities you
have to join clubs where you can meet people interested in
the same hobbies. For example, you could join a
4. Find a Campus Job focusing on
If you want to learn how to become a leader from the sidelines, consider
working in a campus office that supports student leadership efforts. Offices
like Residence Life or the Department of Student Activities are great places to
learn what you need to know about leadership initiatives, events, and skills.
Your college most likely offers some sort of leadership
course. It could either be a for-credit class in the business
school or a class just where you can learn skills. Learning
formal leadership skills with the support of a teacher and
classmates can give you the inspiration to take on a
leadership role outside of the classroom!
6. Connect with Professors
Working with a professor on research or a project can offer many
opportunities. You can highlight your will to learn and your intellectual
abilities. Showcasing your determination and desire for a project and
following-through with it can help building the skills you need to
become a leader.
College is a great way to invest in your leadership
skills as you experience new strategies and ways of
thinking. It may take time to build your leadership
skills, but pushing yourself to take on
responsibilities helps many people get out of their
comfort zones. Using these tips can allow your
leadership capabilities to blossom.