Leadership Guide for Students

By January 11, 2014Millennial

Guest Post by Robert Morris

Leadership Guide for Students

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While at college, everyone is advising you to get involved, right? Well, instead of only getting involved halfway, you should develop some leadership skills and learn how to be the best at what you do. Leadership qualities take time and practice to be developed, but there is no better time to take action than now.

In the continuation, we will offer some effective tips that will turn you into the leader you have always wanted to be.

1. Find the talent within you

Not everyone has leadership skills, but everyone has some talent that can turn them into a leader with the right practice and devotion. If you are member of some college club, you should step up! You may get the envious looks from some members of the club, but others will appreciate your effort of bringing the organization forward.

  • When class projects step on stage, don’t be afraid to take the lead. Learn how to delegate and make sure everyone finishes their part on time.
  • Getting a job while at college won’t only keep you away from starving – it will be a valuable experience that will help you discover and work on your leadership skills.

Getting involved is simply not enough if you want to be a leader. When you have passion for something, you need to play to your strengths and use that affinity. If your plan is to continue with MBA studies, you should step up and offer to be the treasurer for a student organization. Associating your future interests to your present activities is the best thing you could do for your career as a leader.

2. You like being in the spotlight? Be careful with that!

One of the biggest misunderstandings of students who want to be leaders is that they always have to be in the spotlight. However, a real leader knows when to step aside and allow others to have their moments. That’s what distinguishes real ambition from arrogance.

  • When there are too many people in the group with an urge to dominate, you should step aside. If the project involves more than two dominating personalities, you should allow someone else to take the lead because such projects don’t get done without troubles. One of the greatest leadership skills is being a successful team player, and these are the kinds of opportunities that will shape your character.
  • Being a leader means that you need to know your strengths and weaknesses. Never pretend to be an expert at something when you aren’t. A real leader is never afraid to accept the things he doesn’t know and allow others to dominate when he knows they would do a better job.
  • If your leadership activities start affecting your grades negatively, it’s time to step aside and focus on priorities. Spending less time on your studies than on your extracurricular activities can never be a good thing.
    • Real leaders get noticed. Even if you’re the second wheel, you can still get noticed by being an extraordinary team player. The members of your group will surely appreciate your contribution.
    • Real leaders know how to deal with all kinds of people. You should be able to evaluate different personalities and learn how to approach them. Keep your sanity no matter who you are dealing with.
    • Don’t spend all your time on campus. Stretch out your aspects and get involved in a larger community. This will add versatility to your character and you will learn many things that will contribute towards your leadership skills.
    • Don’t allow yourself to be consumed by a single activity. You shouldn’t go overboard and take the leadership role in all organizations and clubs you join, but it’s very important to branch out of your comfort zone.

3. Quick tips for leaders

The most important thing to remember is that you can develop leadership skills only when you take the group members into consideration, learn valuable things from them and give them something to learn from you.

What tips would you add to develop a leadership guide for students?

Guest Author

Robert MorrisRobert Morris is freelance writer from essay writing service Ninjaessays.com. Loves writing tips and tricks for students. He is interested in improving his writing and learning through technology. Follow Ninjaessays on Twitter!



From time to time, guest writers contribute to Thin Difference. Topics include leadership, career development, creativity, and mindfulness. Our mission is to "Cross the gap and lead with a new story line," inspiring Millennial leaders.

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  • Hiten Vyas says:

    Hi Robert,

    This was a really interesting and inspiring post!

    A key theme I picked up from your post is how taking some form of action, or taking the initiative, can help us to develop our leadership skills. I can also appreciate what you said about resisting the urge to dominate. I’m currently leading a project from behind the scenes. I’m stepping forward when I need to and allowing others to be the outward ‘face’ at other times.

    Thank you.

  • Terri Klass says:

    Loved the post, Robert! I especially related to “Being a leader means that you need to know your strengths and weaknesses.” Self-awareness is an essential part of successful leadership. When we acknowledge our sweet spots as well as our blind spots we can pivot and adjust to challenging situations. My belief is to play to our strengths; it will actually bring us great joy.
    Thanks for a great post!

  • Let's Grow Leaders says:

    Terrific post! Love your advice. I have a son who is a freshman in college. I wrote this post as he was leaving for school this summer. 9 Ways to Maximize Your College Leadership Experience http://letsgrowleaders.com/tag/college/

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