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How should I go about getting leadership positions in school?

Most are popularity contests which introverts and less popular people have no chance of winning.

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Jacob’s Answer

Very unfortunate to hear that.
I would say you'll definitely want to be close with the current leadership and just get to know them and see what their responsibilities are. The next step would be to prove to whoever the "voters" are that you can lead. If it's a club, you can talk about potential new things to do with the club president. If it's student council, it may require you to get out of your comfort zone a bit, but being a people person and seeing what people like and don't like will go a long way to getting on their good side.
It can seem like introverts have no chance sometimes, but as an introvert, I know part of what held me back was my own fear to stand out. So while part of it is definitely needing to be recognized by others, you do have to want to be recognized.
Hope this helps and never give up.
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Nicholas’s Answer

Hi Gurbaani. When I was in school I had the same difficulties. It seemed that everyone was naturally driven to those who were outgoing. My best advice is to go after something you are passionate about. You aren't looking for something just to have a leadership credential for your resume. Join or create a group around something that motivates you. Listen to those around you and help organize. You don't need to be President of something to be a leader. Who knows? You may be able to effect change and speak to that in whatever capacity you find yourself. You could be President, Treasurer, or member. You have the ability to influence and collaborate in any role. At the end of the day, that's what I look for in a leader.
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Ron’s Answer

Hi Gurbaani!

My first piece of advice to recognize that this is a long journey, and while we are always dealing with the here and now and have strong memories of the recent past, there's still a lot of time and chances to grow as you go!

That being said, any bit of learning today has a chance to build into something more meaningful, even if you don't recognize the potential right now. I know there are plenty of things that I look back upon now that I only now realize had a very positive impact on my life, even if they were unpleasant at the time.

Regarding leadership, I would not get too caught up on specific positions. I highly recommend everyone think of leadership as building experience over time and with repetition. Most people, wherever they are, do not start at the top. Sometimes the best leaders, especially introverted ones, are those who have a broad base of experience to draw upon because they listened and observed and learned from everything they've done before.

Anything you do can build your leadership experience! The more experiences you build the more confidence you can start to build, so having the perfect role right now is not too important to focus on.

Here are a few actionable items I would think about for school:

Ron recommends the following next steps:

Find someone you are interested in learning more about or inspired by what they do and ask to learn about them, 15-20 minutes is all it takes and most people are happy to share. Don't be discouraged if someone says no!
Identify something you are interested in (doesn't only have to be a strong passion) and test it out in any way you can! If you like it, maybe you can ask how you can help get involved more. If it doesn't exist, this could be a great chance to build leadership experience.
Offer your help instead of asking how you can gain leadership experience. This is a form of leadership and helps build connection and more comfort over time.
Keep experimenting! If you don't like something, that is experience to build upon and you can try the next thing. Or here you can create a new club or activity. My school had chess, academic bowl (trivia), math, multi-cultural, reading, gaming, the list goes on...
Don't get discouraged - try to remember that you can keep building and growing, no matter point in life you're at. You got this!
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Richard’s Answer

While there are many flashy leadership opportunities which can play favorites, at the end of the day having someone who can get things done is always valued. If you want a leadership role you should do two things:
1. Seek an opportunity to contribute to an organization you are interested in, ask what they need help with, then deliver it even if it is not a leadership role. This will either put you on a path to move into leadership within that group, or it will build your experience for another group (and perhaps even get you noticed by another group).
2. Seek for groups which have a need but not a lot of demand to lead that group. It may not be the flashy group, but the needs will be higher and your experience gained will be equally valuable if not more. Additionally, you will have greater potential to make improvements which can do more for your resume than simply sitting in a role somewhere. There are always groups like this and doing something positive for a group with limited popularity can only get attention of other groups who might be seeking for someone who can deliver.
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Bo’s Answer

Hello,

Please review below to gain leadership experience while in school.

Self-Assessment: Before pursuing a leadership position, take some time to reflect on your interests, strengths, and passions. Identify what leadership roles align with your values and personal goals. Understanding yourself better will help you choose positions that you are genuinely passionate about.

Start Early: The journey towards leadership roles often begins in high school. Join clubs, student government, or other extracurricular activities that interest you. These opportunities will provide you with a platform to demonstrate your leadership potential and develop your skills.

Engage Actively: Once you're involved in a club or organization, be an active participant. Attend meetings regularly, contribute to discussions, and take on responsibilities. Show your commitment and dedication, as this will make you a standout candidate for leadership positions.

Build Relationships: Networking is crucial in the world of leadership. Establish positive relationships with your peers, teachers, and advisors. Building a good reputation and gaining support from others can be instrumental in securing leadership roles.

Develop Leadership Skills: Leadership is not just about having a title; it's about being effective in guiding and inspiring others. Work on developing skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and decision-making. Seek opportunities for personal growth and skill development.

Set Clear Goals: Define your leadership goals and objectives. What do you want to achieve in your leadership role? How can you make a positive impact on your school community? Having a clear vision will guide your efforts and motivate you to work towards your goals.

Apply for Positions: When leadership positions become available, don't hesitate to apply. Prepare a well-crafted application that highlights your qualifications, experiences, and vision for the role. Be sure to tailor your application to the specific position you're interested in.

Prepare for Interviews: If interviews are part of the selection process, practice your interview skills. Be ready to articulate your goals, demonstrate your leadership qualities, and provide examples of how you've contributed positively to your school or community.

Learn from Rejections: It's important to understand that you may not always get the leadership roles you apply for. Rejections can be valuable learning experiences. Seek feedback, if available, and use it to improve your future applications and interviews.

Be Resilient: Persistence is key. Keep trying and applying for leadership positions even if you face setbacks. Leadership roles often go to those who show determination and resilience.

Mentorship: Consider seeking mentorship from teachers, older students, or community leaders who have experience in leadership roles. They can provide guidance, share their insights, and help you navigate the path to leadership.

Lead by Example: Even before you secure a formal leadership position, you can exhibit leadership qualities by being a positive influence in your school community. Show initiative, help others, and lead by example. This can make you a natural choice when leadership opportunities arise.

In summary, getting leadership positions in school requires a combination of self-awareness, active engagement, skill development, and persistence. By following these steps and staying committed to your goals, you can increase your chances of securing and excelling in leadership roles within your school or college community. Remember that leadership is a journey of continuous growth and learning, and each experience will contribute to your development as a leader.
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Enise’s Answer

Hello Gurbaani,

As an introvert, you can accomplish and achieve your goals once you meet the people. I know it is difficult to do; yet I would say that you can find confidence when you discover more enjoyable activities you can stick with it. It takes time to know and believe yourself; yet I certainly believe that you can do whatever you wish for.

All the best
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Junan’s Answer

Hi Gurbaani!

A few ideas:
1) Attend as many of the meetings and events as you can. Get to know the current leadership team. I know that it will feel uncomfortable as an introvert but you can start by engaging people 1 on 1 versus in a big group to make it easier.
2) Many people wait to contribute until they have formal positions of leadership. Contribute without being a formal leader and that won't go unnoticed.
3) For many groups on campus, dependability is the most important trait because there is so much going on. Be known as the most dependable person.
4) Ask for what you want. That's hard to do as an introvert but sometimes the current leadership of the group won't know that you're interested to be a leader without you explicitly saying so.

Good luck!
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