I’m often asked which colleges are the best for “leadership.” The short answer is “most will do just fine.” As with most of life, it’s what you make of it. College is a great place to grow as a leader.
Much of your leadership learning will come from peripheral aspects of the college experience. Being involved. Living with strangers. Leading without authority. Getting along in diverse groups. Projects with assigned (potentially lazy) teams. Live it deeply. Make mistakes. Try new approaches. Keep leading and learning.
This post is for my son, Ben, and other young leaders graduating high school and heading to college. I’ve collected advice from seasoned leaders across the globe. If you aren’t headed to college, please comment with your advice, and pass the post along to an aspiring young leader.
Annette Schmeling, VP of Student Development at University of Dayton, suggests making a specific plan.
- Focus first on Academic Success
- Identify 3-5 “activities outside the classroom” to be involved in. List the activities, explain why they are important to you
- Make connections with the career services office and learn about internships and professional development opportunities starting the freshmen year
- Learn how to utilize social media tools to engage with others. Start early to establish a purpose-fueled online reputation Continue Reading…