Leadership

Hello. I'm a junior in highschool. I made the decision to join USNA in my sophmore year. I'm good at an academic perspective, but I lack leadership experience. I didn't sign up for NHS and I didn't win student council this year, which was my first time running in highschool. I am in Link Leaders. I was wondering if anyone can help offer somethings I can do to help improve it because I know I can be a better leader then I and now. I know people will say my chances are slim to get in or whatever because I decided so late, but I still want to do the best I can to get in.

Thanks in advance.
 

Old Navy BGO

5-Year Member
I made the decision to join USNA in my sophmore year.
First, you cannot "join" USNA. You apply or compete for an Appointment to USNA. Second, leadership isn't really something you develop or get overnight. A person's ability as a leader is developed over time , and is the result of personal experiences and observing other leaders. Achieving leadership positions in high school (and throughout life) is usually the result of hard work, laying the groundwork and being recognized by the teachers, coaches, peers and leaders of organizations above you as someone with potential to lead in the future. If you understand what leadership is, you will recognize you are surrounded by leaders everyday, and probably have more experience and opportunities as a leader than you think.

Finally, I have had successful candidates over the years who simply didn't have the opportunity to hold any formal leadership positions in high school. With them, much of my BGO interview is spent discussing leadership principles and whom they have looked to as leaders in their life so I can evaluate and comment on their their leadership potential.
 
First, you cannot "join" USNA. You apply or compete for an Appointment to USNA. Second, leadership isn't really something you develop or get overnight. A person's ability as a leader is developed over time , and is the result of personal experiences and observing other leaders. Achieving leadership positions in high school (and throughout life) is usually the result of hard work, laying the groundwork and being recognized by the teachers, coaches, peers and leaders of organizations above you as someone with potential to lead in the future. If you understand what leadership is, you will recognize you are surrounded by leaders everyday, and probably have more experience and opportunities as a leader than you think.

Finally, I have had successful candidates over the years who simply didn't have the opportunity to hold any formal leadership positions in high school. With them, much of my BGO interview is spent discussing leadership principles and whom they have looked to as leaders in their life so I can evaluate and comment on their their leadership potential.
Ok, I understand, thank you.
 
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