Tag: Student Leadership

AT11. Leadership Training

Being a great leader does not end on your last day in office. Your legacy is both a combination of what you’ve done for the organization in the present, and how your actions affect the organization even after you leave. To that end, leadership training is vitally important. If you have the benefit of knowing ...

AT10. Retaining Talent and Inspiring Potential

The success of your organization derives largely from your best performers. These individuals will quickly become identifiable icons simply because they are active and respected. They will drive forward initiatives, and do more than is expected of them. It’s vital that you make it as easy as possible for these members to stay and continue ...

AT9. Dealing with Outside Organizations

When considering whether you should work with external organizations, you should first ask yourself whether it is necessary and what goals you are trying to pursue. Involving another organization will add an additional layer of complexity. If your organization has the resources and ability to complete an initiative successfully without an outside party, you should ...

AT8. Emotional Intelligence: Mental Health and Trauma Guidance

With the rising awareness of mental illness in this country, more information about trauma and mental health on college campuses is becoming available. One in four people will have a diagnosable mental illness in their life time. One in five women will be sexually assaulted during their academic career. It is nearly inevitable that at ...

F21. Best Practices for Graceful Member Exits

Letting people go is a difficult but necessary part of the student leader’s job. When needed, it must be done quickly and with as little drama as possible. The benefit of building a strong evaluation system as explained in F.20 Evaluating Members is that you will be able to identify those members who are not ...

F20. Evaluating Members

Now that you’ve learned how to design a good policy, you’ll have to create a system that can track compliance. Evaluating members can be rather tricky, and the success of your system will depend in large part upon its clarity and fairness. That being said, evaluation of some sort is necessary for a successful organization ...

Recruiting: Initiation

Your initiation should be split into two parts: the big reveal and the trust ladder. The big reveal event is the first time you inform your applicants that they’ve been accepted as members. Below are two examples of two different types of initiation that I implemented  with my organizations. CS1 (Speech & Debate): I informed ...