Leadership for Students Activities - May 2015, NASC Edition - (Page 11)
From the Director
Building a strong organization starts with the structure
of leadership groups.
s advisers, we want our student organizations to be successful in
their endeavors. With that in mind, we must guide, train, and work
with our student leaders to effectively achieve their goals.
Each year at a school where I once worked, as soon as the students were
selected for the executive committee in National Honor Society (NHS),
National Junior Honor Society, or student council, I would bring them
together to talk about their goals for the coming year. What did they
personally want to make sure we achieved as a group? We talked about goal
setting, project planning, consensus building, and delegating. We would
identify three to five goals of the executive committee and discuss how
we were going to work with the chapter or council to achieve these and
It was important to me to bring the groups together immediately after they
were elected to get to know each other's names and conduct team‑building activities. The elections
in my schools were held in the spring, so we would conduct a one‑day student council or NHS retreat
for a day during the summer to plan for the coming year. During the retreat, the officers/executive
committee would present their goals and work with the student council or NHS members to create
additional goals and brainstorm ideas for events, staff appreciation, and service projects. We could
then begin the school year with our calendar of events already created and the flexibility to add more
I found it helpful to implement committee chairs and ensure that members from every grade were
present on each committee so that when the seniors graduated, there were students who had been
involved in every committee, and the knowledge and information didn't leave with the seniors. We
stressed the importance of being dedicated and committed to the group, as well as the difference
between "seat time" and full participation. On top of everything, we stressed that communication is
key-it's important to keep members informed of their responsibilities as well as all that is going on.
Remember that you are there to advise, so guide your officers and executive committee as they work
with the members of your council and chapter. They need to make sure to delegate to the members,
which allows everyone to have opportunities to grow as leaders.
Thank you for all that you do for the students in your chapters and councils, and for the students in
your schools. The opportunities you provide students and the memories they make will be with them
for years to come. Make sure to relax and re‑energize yourself this summer! Take care.
Director, Student Programs
National Association of Secondary School Principals
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Leadership for Students Activities - May 2015, NASC Edition
Questions & Answers
Being a Leader
From the Director
Maintaining Leadership Momentum
What Matters to Your Community?
Lessons for Leaders
Things to Do
Leadership for Students Activities - May 2015, NASC Edition