3 Student Leadership Tips for New State Officers and Chapter Officers

Posted on April 22, 2019

Congratulations! You’ve just been selected as an officer for your CTSO chapter or school organization. Or perhaps you were elected as a state officer. Each of these is an awesome student leadership accomplishment!

As you prepare to serve this next year, you’ll likely participate in training experiences designed to help you become a better student leader. Here are three student leadership tips that will allow you to get the most out of the training you receive.

#1 — Don’t Just Show Up . . . SHOW UP

The best student leaders seek to be better today than they were yesterday, and they plan to become even better tomorrow than they are today. In other words, the best student leaders look to grow every single day.

With this in mind, be sure to take advantage of all the student leadership training your organization provides. Additionally, don’t just show up to the training… SHOW UP! Your organization wants to help you become the best leader you can be, and the best way to show your appreciation is to show up eager to learn and grow.

#2 — Focus on Personal Development First, Professional Development Second

Great leaders seek to develop professional skills in areas like presenting, leading meetings, networking, and more. But they also realize these skills are worthless if they don’t invest in their own personal development.

During the student leadership training you receive, there will likely be sessions on topics like character development, discovering your personality strengths, and more. In your anticipation for all the professional development topics, be careful not to overlook the training on how to become a better person.

Think about it… if you don’t develop your character and become the best person you can be, eventually no one cares whether you can lead a meeting or if you’re a good speaker. As a leader, who you are as a person will always be more important than how skilled you are in a particular area.

#3 — Remember that Leadership is About People, Not Position or Power

Here are three quotes from best-selling author and leadership expert John C. Maxwell. These will help you stay focused on the true meaning of student leadership:

  • “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.”
  • “The bottom line in leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others.”
  • “The measure of a leader is not the number of people who serve him or her but the number of people he or she serves.”

Apply these quotes to the way you lead this next year, and you’ll become a great student leader for your organization!


SUGGESTION: Feel free to share these tips with your Student Leadership Team and discuss how each team member plans to grow and become a better leader during the next year. 


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