Leading is Believing
For students who want to be leaders:
“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” -John D. Rockefeller
When it comes to leadership at Stony Brook University, I believe anybody can do it. There are so many resources on campus to help any student, a freshman or senior, to acclimate and lead the community. An awesome link to check out is: http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/nexus/. From Undergraduate Fellow to Orientation Leader to RHA Member, these opportunities are open to anybody who seeks them. With a lot of effort and focus, anyone can become a leader.
The first step is to reflect on your experiences and see what you have learned about yourself already. If this is your first thought about leadership, then you may need some help along the way. You might want to talk to someone in the “Getting your foot in the door” program: http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/studentlife/involvement/foot_in_door.shtml or even to someone who you admire as a leader. The Stony Brook community is very friendly and definitely loves to help any student achieve the goals that they shoot for.
For students who are experienced leaders:
As an experienced leader myself, I remember trying very hard to get involved and it allowed me to learn more about how I am as a leader and a member of SBU. The problem with being an experienced leader is that you often take on too many leadership opportunities. If you are an experienced leader and want help managing stress and your time, I think the best policy is:
“[...] to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” -Nelson Mandela
I believe what Nelson Mandela is saying is that sometimes leaders need to take a step back – not to take all the opportunities available or to receive all the credit; being a leader is an exercise in teamwork and community, so for experienced leaders…try to take a step back and help to grow other students into the leaders of tomorrow.
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