Great Student Leaders Dare to Be Different

Posted on October 19, 2016

The best student leaders dare to be different. The reason? Most worthwhile leadership goals require you to swim upstream. And let’s face it, swimming upstream is more challenging than floating downstream. That’s why the word “dare” fits so well with “different.” It takes guts to be a student leader who makes a positive difference. But not just guts, it also takes focus, effort, and drive.

Is there an area in your life or leadership where you want to improve? An area where you want to show up and shine so that you stand out from the crowd? Then ask yourself the following three questions…

3 Questions to Help You Dare to Be Different

1. Why do I want to get better in this area?

  • Thought: Most students float downstream because it’s the easiest alternative. No effort is required. On the other hand, it takes courage and strength to swim against the current. That’s why determining your leadership “why” before diving in is so important. It gives you strength for the swim ahead.
  • Action Step: Write down your leadership “why” and put it in a place where you’ll read it every day.

2. What positive affects will you see in your life by improving in this area?

  • Thought: Your “why” is your mission. It’s the reason you dare to be different as a leader. This question, however, is your vision. It’s the results you will achieve by becoming different.
  • Action Step: Reading your mission and vision together is more powerful, so write down the answer to this question and post it alongside of your “why.”

3. What one action can you take today to get one percent better in this area?

  • Thought: Massive change is the sum total of many small changes over time.
  • Action Step: Don’t think of the 10 things you need to do to get better in this area. Don’t even think of two or three actions. Focus on improving in just one area by just one percent every day. If you do, within a matter of just a few short weeks, you’ll be shocked at how you stand out from the crowd and how well you show up and shine as a leader!

 Which question is most important to you as you dare to be different in your leadership?


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