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What Makes a Leader?

Can you believe it s already March? Where has the year gone? I hope you have all been staying bundled up and enjoying a lot of hot soups and beverages this season I know I have.

This month, I want to talk about leadership. Leadership skills are incredibly valuable and can do a lot to propel you forward in your studies, your extracurriculars and your career.

Effective leadership, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder there are a lot of different ways to be a good leader, and different people have different ideas about what makes someone a great leader.

To me, a great leader is a visionary, a motivator, a good communicator and team builder, someone who s thoughtful, ethical, creative, strategic and organized. A person who can wield these skills effectively and inspire others to work together has the potential to be an amazing leader.

Whenever someone proves themselves to be an effective leader, it s often tempting to start describing them as a natural or born leader. But more often than not, it s just not true in fact, great leadership, and the qualities that exemplify it, are things that can all be learned and strengthened through practice.

I urge you, no matter where you are in your educational, career or life journey, to seek out an opportunity this year to practice your leadership skills. I promise your investment will be well worth the time and effort.

For those of you who are CCAC students, there are plenty of great on-campus opportunities available for developing your leadership skills. Taking an active role in a club, running for office in a club or student government or joining the CCAC Ambassadors are just a few of the ways to get involved. There s also the Men of Merit and Women on a Mission organizations at CCAC, which offer students a space to develop relationships with mentors, learn more about opportunities and receive guidance and support in their academic efforts.

What qualities do you think best exemplify leadership? Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter at @QBpresCCAC and let me know what you think!