January 20, 2018

3 life-changing student leadership practices no one’s doing

Dave Kelly - 3 life-changing student leadership practices

In 20+ years of working with student leaders, advisors and organizations I’ve compiled a number of ‘best of the best’ lists. I have top 3, 5, 7, or 10 lists on everything from skyrocketing student involvement, to holding great meetings and everything else that involves student leadership. It all comes from seeing first-hand what works and what doesn’t.

Most schools have what I’ll call “Student Leader Basic Training” in place. They teach their student leaders who to fill out forms, conduct meetings, hold an event, hire speakers, etc. This type of basic training should be a requirement but there are a few things you could do more of that could change the face of student leadership on your campus.

When students pick up the leadership baton, they’re looking to personally grow fom their experience as a leader. They may be looking to get something accomplished or for an opportunty to develop their skills and abilities.

Here are three programs that not enough campuses have in place that facilitate student leaders’ growth and development as club and organization officers.

  1. Create an “Emerging Leaders” program.
  2. Conduct a joint training session for officers of all campus organizations.
  3. Require individual boards to have goal setting and planning session right after taking office.

Do you have one of these in place on your campus?


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About the Author: Dave "Gonzo" Kelly (64 Posts)

Dave Kelly is the leading authority on student leadership and community service on college campuses today. As a professional trainer, motivator, and servant leader, Dave is an expert on all aspects of running and leading campus organizations and developing the character of a servant leader. Dave has 20+ years training leaders and advisors from student government associations, campus activities boards and campus clubs of every kind on organizational leadership and community service projects. He has trained students and advisors at more than 150 different colleges and universities and is the national coordinator for the APCA Serves! Initiative by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.

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