So, I started a leadership club at my school...

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  1. Nomak54

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    Hello all.

    I officially started a leadership development club at my school. Do you have any advice or ideas on what specific activities we can do to really help shape future leaders?
     
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    public speaking
     
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    Agree with public speaking.

    In fact have each member choose a leader (Political, business, military, scientific etc.) Each can research that person and do a brief presentation on that leader. You will all learn public speaking as well as share knowledge of how other leaders developed themselves.
     
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    @Nomak54, I agree with those who suggest public speaking. A great and important skill for anyone, not just leaders.

    But I’m wondering, when you started the “leadership development club,” did you not have a clear idea of the topics you’d focus on and how you’d address them? Not necessarily every detail ironed out, but a clear sense of the club’s objectives? Because a primary job of leaders — especially founding leaders — is to set forth compelling goals and sense of direction, and then rally others to the cause.

    Why come to this forum for ideas? As a leader, why not ask club members to brainstorm how they define leadership, prioritize the aspects that are most important to them, and then collaborate to develop a plan for building those attributes? Now that’s leadership!
     
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    MidCake is right. Before you take action, have a genuine vision for it. Don't just do it to "check a box."
     
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    As a high school senior who leads multiple clubs, I definitely recommend pulling ideas from your members so they are also motivated to contribute to the success of the club and stick around. Use this opportunity to learn about leadership yourself. Public speaking is a great idea, and debate is an essential skill and confidence builder too. Create agendas for each meeting beforehand so you have clear and attainable goals for each meeting, and constantly look to expand and improve everything you can!
     
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  7. Nomak54

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    Sorry, haha, I had a couple of ideas. I wanted to do a brief study on famous leaders, an exercise in presentation/public speaking skills, lessons in how to build an effective speech, and listening to guest speakers on their stories. I was trying to figure out more activities we could do. Starts today and I have 24 kids signed up. I'm excited!
     
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    Your prior posts indicate you are already a senior in high school. Personally, I would focus more on existing/established activities. Sports, ECA's can add a lot of value to your resume and hopefully at this point you already have participated in many of these types of activities. Starting a new club will not bring instant results in one year. You would probably spend most of the year just getting it organized and figuring out the actual purpose of the club.
     
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