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4 Ways to Develop Leadership Skills at University

Apr 11, 2017

A university campus is the perfect place to start building skills for lifetime success. Some of that skill building will happen in the classroom, but even more of your learning will take place outside of it. This is especially true when it comes to leadership skills. By becoming a leader at school, you can develop many of the qualities that define great leaders, such as:

  • Flexibility              
  • Creativity
  • Ability to delegate
  • Strategic vision
  • Problem-solving
  • Effective communication

Here are 4 ways you can get involved and take on a key role at school:

Run for club president

There are many clubs and organizations at university where you can get involved and run for an officer position. You can find professional organizations related to your major or you can get involved in a group related to an interest, like soccer or chess. 

Lead a group project

No matter what your major is, group projects will probably be part of your experience. By taking charge during these projects, you can learn how to delegate, help team members stay on task and help resolve conflicts that may come up.

Get an on-campus job

There are many on-campus jobs available to students. From alumni relations to the dining hall to the athletics department to the biology lab, you can find something that fits your interests and helps you expand your skillset. 

Do some volunteering

Some universities have large student-run fundraisers, such as dance marathons, that raise money for charities. You can lead a committee for promoting or organizing the event, or start a group to help a local organization, like a soup kitchen or senior center.  

While you are at university, you can learn so many things, including how to be an effective leader.  Check out where you can go to with the TOEFL® test, then look at the schools’ websites for leadership opportunities that you can explore there: http://www.toeflgoanywhere.org/search-who-accepts-toefl