All posts by JiLon Li

Internal Event Flexibility

When planning internal events, it's important to be flexible. Assumptions that you make before an event can be incorrect; circumstances during the event may shift; takeaway lessons from a completed event may become more or less accurate as time passes.

The Why of Student Organizations

The person who knows “how” will always be dependent on the person who knows “why”. Great student leaders understand the reasons behind actions and initiatives. By understanding why something is being done, you can begin to build a strategy for implementation. But before we analyze specific strategies, we must first consider the foundational why. Why does your organization exist?

How to Start from Nothing

Sometimes you start with nothing. You have no funding, no contacts, no members. So, how do you build something from nothing?

Prioritize Yourself to Prioritize the Team

Don’t forget that you’re also a member of your organization. There are times when you need to prioritize yourself in order to prioritize the team.

Case Study Method

In this blog, I will explore leadership concepts that can be, at times, abstract. Therefore, I will be using three case studies to provide concrete examples of these concepts in action. These organizations include the Speech & Debate Team, Consult For America, and the Judo Club.

Creating a Constitution

One of the first, and most important, actions you must take when running a student organization is building and affirming a constitution, otherwise known as a mission statement.

Member Types by Personality

Diverse members make a diverse team. Diverse teams lead to better problem solving and new creative ideas. When selecting your members, it's important to try and recruit a variety of personalities and perspectives.

Member Types by Passion

Your organization is defined by its members. Without great people, you cannot have a great team. Therefore, much thought and effort should be put into identifying the individuals who will be most dedicated to and most passionate about what your organizations does.

What is Leadership?

What is leadership? This is the fundamental question that this blog seeks to answer. As we delve into the specific operations and tactics that student leaders use to run successful organizations, it’s vital that we understand and continually revisit this question.