“Be a leader, not a follower” is a phrase that’s tossed around a lot, but it’s hard to know how to put that into action. Whenever I think of leadership, my mind goes back to a class I took in middle school where we read The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Stephen R. Covey. We had an entire chant with hand motions… habit one: be proactive… habit two: begin with the end in mind… all the way down to seven. I think that this is still ingrained into me, this mantra, and it still influences how I think of leadership. Being a leader starts with developing core qualities. It is not simply being in a position of authority but making sure you have a strong foundation to be an example for others. With the foundation of Covey’s book, here are some important steps to develop your effective leadership skills.You should also know the required courses and GPA so you can make goals to maintain your grades in these courses each semester. Whether it relates to your future career or personal growth, setting specific goals lays the groundwork to assess whether you are on track.
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