Student life needs to be injected with summits like the 2017 Leadership Event. I understood that way back when I was in the academe myself, after watching and listening to Steve Jobs talk animatedly about his work. At the time, I was always the follower—sometimes even the rebel. It never occurred to me to take on the role of a leader because I thought that it called for too much work.
And I was not wrong about that, for sure. However, the more I attended conferences that taught kids how to be an excellent leader, the more I dreamed of being one. The bonus is that such social events do the following:
Get Students Out Of Possible Troubles
Going to leadership training can alter the mindset of students, in the sense that it pushes them to become responsible individuals. They get to see all these CEOs and politicians stand up and talk to them about their life experiences, and it makes them hope of a similar future. Thus, these kids may try to stay out of trouble as much as possible.
Make Them Aware That Success Comes With Hardwork
Leadership programs teach students of all ages that there is no shortcut to success. Everyone starts from the bottom up, even the wealthiest folks on the planet. That’s why they can appreciate their achievements more and want to share it with others.
Inspire Them To Become Excellent Leaders
It is typical for leaders to want to mentor future leaders, whether directly or not. Sometimes, they select a student based on known achievements. Other times, they value dedication more than anything. This is how their legacy can live on.
You cannot be an excellent leader if you have a fickle mind and a troubled heart. However, what’s fantastic about being a human is that you can always change for the better.
Be the kind of leader that everyone wants to follow, not because of fear but because of admiration and belief in your ability to improve the lives of many.