Everyone is always telling you about the importance of leadership experience but no one is ever telling you how to get a leadership position. Well, lucky for you, here are 5 tips that will help you be the leader:
- Be a dedicated member of the organization
You can't expect to be the leader if you haven't been a follower first. While not always a requirement to be the president of a club, you will have a great advantage over your running mates if you have been a well-known member of the club for a long time. Not only will your peers know you well and therefore be confident in voting you onto the executive board, you will also get a chance to learn the ins and outs of the club. This way you can think of improvements you might make to the club.
- Contribute ideas
Even when you are simply a "member" of a club, you can still help make changes. Contribute ideas for a fundraiser and play an extra part in helping run it. Show your fellow members that you have innovative ideas that help sustain the club and ideas to improve the club in the future.
- Talk to the current leaders
If you're looking for advice on how to be the future president of your favorite club or captain of your sports team, then you don't have to look too far! Don't be afraid to ask executive board members about the process they went through to get to where they are. Some organizations have the new executive board members chosen by existing ones so it won't hurt to be familiar with them.
- Practice good leadership qualities
You don't have to be a leader to have leadership qualities. Use your time as a member to practice having a positive attitude, motivating others, and being a team player. Additionally, think of good qualities you find in the people that lead you and do your best to emulate them.
- Don't be discouraged
Don't let failure ever get in the way of your future success. Even if you aren't elected leader on your first try, it's important that you try again. Failure offers you a chance to improve yourself so you are even more prepared for the next opportunity that comes along.
Keep track of your experiences and achievements of a leader and a member.