Leadership for Student Activities - September 2014, NASC Edition - (Page 6)

GU D I ST I N DER 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 September is Jake Walker from Belvidere (IL) High School. ED STUDEN LE A Leadership in Their Own Words H IS T Leader BEING A ww 2014 w. n a s c . u s L eadership is something that can be defined in millions of ways by millions of people. From my perspective, leadership is important in our society today because so many people rely on it. A great leader is one who can take control when appropriate, but also learn to be a follower so others can have opportunities to become great leaders as well. Leaders have many characteristics and traits. I believe that a great leader needs to be honest, respectful, understanding, trustworthy, knowledgeable, reliable, and inspirational. I feel that I have expressed my leadership characteristics efficiently, especially in our council. I know I am becoming more successful because the feedback that I have received from our council is mainly positive and satisfying. Although, I know there is always something to improve. I believe all members should be allowed to give input-they are there to learn, participate, and experience. As an active member of our school's National Honor Society, I have been able to participate in multiple community service projects for the betterment of our community. I enjoy participating because it not only teaches us to give back to our community, but it also creates long-lasting friendships between members of our town. During this past year as head drum major of our school's marching band, I learned how important my student council leadership experience was. Without my experience in student council, I don't think I would have ever been a successful drum major. But because I was confident, I was able to accomplish more and have a much more enjoyable (marching) season. The NASC Student Leaders Program has taught me who I am as a leader and what I need to work on. I have learned about leadership styles, how to be organized, how to communicate effectively, why it is important to set goals, and many other tips. Although the program required a large time commitment, it was definitely worth it because I want to be the best leader I can be for my school and community. It is something that I can look back on and be proud of after I leave high school. As Muriel Strode stated, "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." I can only hope that I will someday leave behind a legacy for future leaders to follow. I want to leave knowing that I left an impression on our council for many years to come, and that our council's future leaders are ready for the challenge. 6 leadership for student activities I believe that a great leader needs to be honest, respectful, understanding, trustworthy, knowledgeable, reliable, and inspirational. -JAKE WALKER

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Leadership for Student Activities - September 2014, NASC Edition

Editor’s Note
Questions & Answers
Take Note
Being A Leader
From the Director
Managing Your Message
Ready. Set. Go.
Sticky Messages
Get Branded Quality
HashTAG! You’re It
Scholarships & Awards
Project Showcase
Middle Level Activities
Activities Exchange
Things to Do

Leadership for Student Activities - September 2014, NASC Edition