Leader Lessons is a year-long series of leadership emails, discussions and
sessions that will allow MTSU students to enhance their leadership
knowledge and skills. A new topic is published twice a month through email and the website.
"Been there, done that!" That is the last thing you want to hear. You may be seeing your group's creative juices dwindle, yet it is not too late to pump up your creativity and bring new ideas and strategies to the table.
The fall term is underway and it may feel like you and your group members are still waiting to start the race. The first few weeks of a semester are typically dedicated to "getting to know you" experiences, goal-setting opportunities and preparing for the road ahead. As you put the finishing touches on preparing the organization to provide intentional, rather than accidental, leadership this coming year, be sure to cover these bases...
The fourth Saturday of every October is Make a Difference Day – the national day to help others. As a student leader you have the potential to make a difference every day simply through your words and actions.
Leaders often find themselves in positions of disagreement. We are all entitled to our opinions; however that often means that we are going to face times when our ideas don't quite match those of others. This can lead to conflict, which can be a positive part of the leadership process – when managed well.
As the winter break slowly approaches, your organization might be feeling a bit overwhelmed with the long "to do" list that needs to be accomplished before the start of the new year. This is the time to remember -"slow and steady wins the race."
Groups work well as teams when the individuals involved treat each other with kindness and respect. How is your team doing when it comes to this angle?
Being a dedicated student leader can be overwhelming, stressful, and draining at times. You may be feeling a little emplty. It is easy to burn out!
For many campuses spring break is right around the corner. Student leaders should see this calendar break as an opporunitity to step away from the crazy schedules and responsibilities that often occupy your calendars and time.
Random Acts of Kindness are those "little things" that make our word a better place. A campus community is a great place to start handing out kindness.
It's almost time to say goodbye. Yet, the multiple things you need to get done between now and the end of the semester can make it easy to back-burner closure.
The end of the year is often an opportune time to provide the performance feeback.