Leadership Opportunities

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  1. ROTC123

    ROTC123 Member

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    I am having a hard time finding open leadership opportunities, any ideas/well known leadership roles for high school juniors that come to mind? I've also noticed that a lot of people write down memberships of school clubs as leadership positions, do those count or are they just EC's because they usually don't require any leadership.
    So far:
    -Founder of a Club
    -Applying for Boy's State
    -Other leadership course over summer (local)
    Thinking about:
    -Tutoring
    -Looking for opportunities at my Church.
    -Sports teams do not have designated team captains.
    It never hurts to have as many leadership roles as possible, but being realistic, what is a competitive amount? Thanks in advance, any ideas are welcome.
     
  2. Cooper M

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    I knew a girl who started "waffle club" so she could put club president on her college apps, obviously this doesn't take leadership. I started a conservation club at my school and found plenty of opportunities to exercise leadership. It all depends on how much you want to give. Lots of great essay topics from that experience. I would recommend looking into joining a freshman mentoring/ outreach program. At my school they call it Link Crew, not sure if this is common.
     
  3. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Leadership is about what you do, not just your "title." Figure out a project you can lead in an area about which you are passionate. Start with the latter (what motivates you). It could be children, animals, religion, the elderly, music, arts, sports, politics, etc. Talk to organizations that support the "group," and figure out what you might do to help them. Then take charge and drive whatever you do to a successful conclusion.
     
  4. ROTC123

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    Cooper M: Thanks for the advice! You brought up some great ideas that I had never though of before.

    usna1985: You mentioned that working with animals could lead to a leadership position, could you talk more about that? Do you mean volunteering at an animal shelters? I've always had an interest with working with animals, but haven't seen leadership possibilities.
     
  5. NavyHoops

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    Agree a title does not mean leadership, you can lead without any title. What is preventing someone from finding out what the community needs are? Is your local food bank need certain things, library need help, a park need clean up, does a senior center need volunteers to help fix stuff, does the animal shelter need more food and to build new kennels? Things along these lines I think are great opportunities to find out a need, build a team from school, friends, church, etc and help solve it. Heck ask those clubs you mention to help support! Plenty of opportunities out there, just follow what interests you the most and ask!
     
  6. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Hoops pretty much covered it. If you love animals, there are endless possibilities. Run an adoption day. Assist with a shelter. Vets may need volunteers. Rescue groups always need volunteers -- for example, helping coordinate foster homes or getting food and supplies. 99% of nonprofits can always use more help.
     
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    Becoming a leader means you need to exercise initiative, creativity, enthusiasm, decisiveness and a host of other traits. This would be a good time to begin.
     
  8. ROTC123

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    Thanks again for all the great advice! I'm looking into a volunteer opportunities this summer at either an animal shelter or my Church.
     
  9. TotheTop

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    I'll tell you that being a leader on a sports team goes pretty far. They will definitely look for that. You don't have to be the "Team Captain" necessarily, just a leader. If your coach is willing to call you a leader on the team I'd say its safe to put it on your resume.
     

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