Leadership for Students Activities - December 2014, NASC Edition - (Page 10)

HED STUDE N DER D I ST I N LE A GU IS T Leader BEING A ww Leadership in Their Own Words 2014 w. n a s c . u s Each month, NASC spotlights students who have reached higher and explored further to become better leaders by challenging and successfully completing the NASC Distinguished Student Leaders Program. Students explore their own leadership styles, recognize and respond to situations calling for leadership decisions, and demonstrate their skills and knowledge as leaders. Our Distinguished Student Leader for December is Moira Pyhala from Skyview High School in Soldotna, AK. T he NASC Student Leaders Program has given me detailed insight as to what leadership is. Although leadership is a broadly viewed personality trait, it contains many different parts. However, I believe that a leader should not just be categorized into one type. My personal philosophy of leadership is that a leader must be someone who takes action and risks, is passionate, and performs service over self. Different situations call for different types of leadership. It is important that a leader is telling, persuading, consulting, joining, and delegating. One leadership trait might be more prominent in a person. However, without the ability to adapt to a situation and use different types of leadership, a barrier might be created that can cause conflict with other people in the group or create a stressful situation for the leader. Although I strive to have all five leadership traits, I have identified that I am more of a telling and consulting leader. I am the type of leader who values organization; therefore, once a task is identified and the group has voted on a solution, I usually make a list of tasks and divvy them up among the group. This ensures that everyone is participating, has a task, and is influencing the group. I also rarely make decisions on my own, but instead, approach the group and get everyone's input about the situation. Anybody can head a task. I have found that to make it enjoyable and truly carry out the project effectively, 10 leadership for student activities it is necessary that leaders show how passionate they are about the project. This shows the rest of the group that you are serious about the task and that the leader actually cares about its outcome. Certain skills can help a person when leading a group of people. Some of these skills include organization, goal setting, decision making, problem solving, communication, and evaluation. These are all important skills to ensure that a task is done quickly and effectively. Organization is important when leading a group because it enables the group to record all of their thoughts, follow a procedure, and stay on task. Goal setting helps the group grow and accomplish things that are beneficial to the group and community and provides a sense of achievement. Decision making is an important skill when leading a group because it gives a sense of direction, enables the group to open up to new ideas, and ensures that the group hears the leader's opinions and ideas. This works in unison with communication and problem solving. The last thing that I find is important to a group is to debrief and evaluate. This is important because it shows the group what worked and what the team needs to work on. This strengthens the team and makes it so that the next project is better, and the group works more effectively. Throughout the course of this program, I have learned many things about leadership and myself as a NASC has provided me with skills that I will carry throughout college, my future career, and the rest of my life. -Moira Pyhala leader. I have learned how to work with other people and different types of leadership, how to efficiently follow through with a project, and how to effectively be part of a group. I highly value the volunteer opportunities I have been given. Having been raised by a member of Rotary International, I find that whenever I am given the opportunity to give back to the community it is important that I take it. A huge aspect of my leadership philosophy is giving back. I have followed through with this philosophy by starting and becoming president of the Kenai River Interact Club, a group of high school students, sponsored by Rotary International, who do service for their community, nation, and world. This is another aspect of my life that has built me into the leader I am today. Being a part of student council has had a positive impact on my leadership abilities. I now know how to work and lead a group more effectively than before. This program has helped me grow as a leader and helped our student council grow as a team. NASC has provided me with skills that I will carry throughout college, my future career, and the rest of my life.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Leadership for Students Activities - December 2014, NASC Edition

Editor’s Note
Questions & Answers
Take Note
Being a Leader
From the Director
Sophisticated Selfies: Looking Inward
Teaching Tolerance
Student Leaders Take Responsibility
Middle Level Activities
Lessons for Leaders
Scholarships & Awards
Project Showcase
Activities Exchange
Things to Do

Leadership for Students Activities - December 2014, NASC Edition