How do I become a leader at my high school?

High School Sign by Randy Robertson

High School Sign by Randy Robertson

High school offers plenty of opportunities for leadership. They are screaming your name but they aren’t going to chase after you. The number one tip is to take on as many as you can without wearing yourself too thin. Whether its student government, clubs, or sports, take advantage of all the possibilities at hand. You will be surprised by how much help you can offer and what an impact you can make. By being proactive and trying to get involved, you are bound to find yourself in a leadership position one way or another and when you find yourself leading a project you’re passionate about, you’ll immediately start seeing additional people and ways you can help.

Start small, by joining a club like Key Club and volunteering at an event, then step up and offer to help those organizing the event. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself a good fit for a minor position and if you’re dedicated a higher one. Similarly in student government you can start small by accepting minor positions, like classroom vice president, and work your way up to a position like school vice president, and eventually president of your high school.

As you progress on your journey, it’s important to learn from your mistakes. Do not blame others for your wrong-doings, don’t blame others either. Use each mistake as a learning opportunity. When people see how you deal with mistakes and take on new situations, they realize recognize your maturity and give you additional trust and responsibility.

In addition to learning from mistakes, you need to build your confidence. It doesn’t matter whether you’re introverted or extroverted, leaders need to make decisions and take responsibility for them. You can listen to other people’s opinions and get advice, but make sure to start facing your decisions and actually making them. Because you’ve invested time earlier and got to know how things work and care about the organizations you will be able to make good decisions and because you learn from mistakes you will become better at it.

By getting involved, caring, taking action, making decisions, and learning from them, you are bound to become and grow as a leader.